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Building a Program

March 14, 2006

Albany -- After just a 3-7 season last year, the Albany high school football team is looking to turn things around this season by naming former Dougherty defensive coordinator Reginald Mitchell their new head coach.

The Trojans defense held opponents to a touchdown or less in over half their games on the way to the state title game, and Mitchell is looking to instill that same strength at Albany.

Mitchell says he doesn't want to lead just a team, he's looking for much more.

"I want to be the head coach of a football program, not a football team. I think if we build a program it will sustain the team. So we want to get a program in place right away and just build each year."

Indians junior quarterback David McDonald knew what to expect even before meeting his new coach.

"I think he's good. He's going to bring a lot of discipline to the team. Dougherty had a lot of discipline this year. Hopefully we can make a run to the Dome like they did."

Mitchell says, "I'm a stickler off the field. I believe if we take care of our business off the field, that on the field will come easy."

The expectations will be high at Albany next year.

"At least the playoffs," says Mitchell. "At least the second round of the playoffs. Everybody's working hard. The receivers, me, running backs, defense. Everybody. Everybody's working."

And as happy as he is to be the Indians new coach, Mitchell says it will be difficult making the cross-town move.

"With the things we've done over at Dougherty, it is kind of hard to look at those guys and says good-bye, but as I told them, I'm just going across the street."

Reginald Mitchell coached for two seasons under Carror Wright at Dougherty High School.

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