Tuesday October 15th, 2019 6:04PM

Football: Vikings promote assistant Scott Patrick to top spot

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

RABBITTOWN — East Hall Principal Jeff Cooper announced that he has promoted assistant coach Scott Patrick to the vacant football head coaching position for the Vikings.

Patrick, the defensive line coach for the Vikings last season, assumed his new role during the latest round of Spring paractices. He replaced Bryan Gray, who stepped down earlier this year to pursue an administration degree.

"We looked at several people for the position but just felt that it was better to stay in-house and keep the continuity that Coach Gray and his staff had built over the last few years," Cooper said.

As a result of the changes at the top the Vikings also will be replacing several key positions before the summer 7-on-7 camps and Fall practice begins.

"We're looking at getting new offensive and defensive coordinators so we're looking at people now. It will be a busy next month or so but we should have everything in place and ready for (the 2018) season," Cooper said.

East Hall is coming off its best season in more than 25 years. The Vikings won their first playoff game since 1994 and finished with the top-rated offense in Class 3A and one of the best in all classifications behind graduating quarterback Austin Parker.

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