Tuesday July 27th, 2021 6:47PM

Football: East Hall hires former Viking player and coach to lead program

By AccessWDUN Staff

RABBITTOWN — East Hall has hired one of its own to lead the Viking football program, Athletic Director Adam Rich announced on Tuesday.

Matt Turner, a 2001 East Hall graduate, and former Viking offensive coordinator, will replace Michael Perry, who took the same position at Union County after two seasons at the helm.

 “I was fortunate to work alongside Head Coach Bryan Gray for 10 years as he built a great program at East Hall," Turner said. "Coach Gray has been a great mentor to me, and his guidance has been invaluable to my growth as a coach."

Turner led the Vikings offense from 2009-2017, constructing some of the most prolific units in the area. He also helped guide East Hall to the state playoffs three out of four years and a second-round playoff berth in 2017.

Former quarterback Austin Parker, under Turner's direction, finished his career top five in passing yards and touchdowns in the state.

“Coach Turner is able to bring to East Hall a high level of offensive knowledge and an even better understanding of our East Hall Community," Athletic Director Adam Rich said. "Coach Turner is an excellent teacher in the classroom and on the field.  He is willing to put in the hours to guide East Hall back into the playoffs. We are excited about the coaching staff we are hoping to assemble and the plan Coach Turner has for the program beginning with spring practice.”

Most recently, Turner was Lakeview Academy's offensive coordinator under legendary coach Lee Shaw. He also help the Lions to the program's first state playoff berth in 2020.

“Coach Shaw is the best I’ve ever seen of getting players to believe that they can be successful," Turner said. "It was a great experience being able to coach with him last season. I have been blessed to coach and mentor under some great head coaches that have prepared me for this opportunity.

“I’m excited to be the next head football coach at East Hall. I know that this is a special place, and we have a great opportunity here to develop players for success on and off the field. Our motto will be one of “Team 1st” and togetherness. It will always be about the team, and we will always make decisions in the best interest of our players and community. Our vision will be to develop the character of players while striving to be the best “East Hall” we can be on the football field. I am an East Hall graduate, I live in this area, and I am grateful for the opportunity to invest in the players here and embrace our community. I’m excited to get started and want to thank the administration for this opportunity."



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