From the CBS 8 Troy Newsroom-- Charles Henderson High School in Troy has a new football coach, and the school board says he's what they need to spark the program.
Mike Dean will start coaching Charles Henderson High School's football team next fall. He tells us he has high hopes for the program, the school and his players.
"It's a great day to be a Trojan, and we welcome you to the Trojan family," says CHHS Principal Boyd English.
With open arms and a lot of celebrating, Dean has been named the new CHHS football coach and athletic director.
"To me I want pressure. I'm extreme. I'm passionate. I'm intense," he says.
Dean is from Fairhope and has coached football for 16 years. He has been the head coach at Daleville, McGill-Toolen and Valley High Schools.
"I really, truly believe I found the perfect combination with what Charles Henderson wants," says Dean.
Superintendent Lee Hicks says he interviewed 70 candidates, but Dean was the right person to help build back the program.
"He'll mold these young men, and he understands it's a total process," says Hicks. "Not just you know work on the field, but also in the classroom and with the teachers."
School board member Wally Lowery says in the past few years, Charles Henderson has dropped to a 4A Division school, but with Dean on board, he thinks enrollment will increase, and it can get back to being a 5A school.
"Everybody talks about your football program, and with new blood in the area, then hey I think people will be excited," he says. "I think people will want to come here and be a part of what's going on."
It's a challenge that Dean can't wait to take on next fall.
"I eat, breathe and sleep football. That is the only thing I know how to do," he says. "I want to be a champion, because that's what God put us on this earth to do."
Charles Henderson High's former coach, Hugh Fountain, left the school in January to coach in Escambia County. He had been with the school for 16 years.
Dean also went to Auburn on a football scholarship.