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Lohrey named new football coach

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By Steve Jarboe

After reviewing more than 70 applications to replace out-going Coach Jamie Baker, the field was narrowed down to five.

Williston Principal Eulin Gibbs then went to work to get the best applicant suited for the Williston football program. 

From the large pile of papers placed in front of Gibbs, one could only be convinced that he did a thorough job in researching each of the final applicants.

After review and research, Gibbs then announced that Cliff Lohrey was the overwhelming choice for the position. 

Gibbs said Lohrey will start his new position at Williston High School on Feb. 19.

Gibbs went on to say that Lohrey was “ a well rounded person in the three important aspects of coaching high school football, Defense, Offense, and Special Teams.”

When asked what his expectations were of Lohrey, Gibbs was quick to say, “to put a competitive team on the field and to be competitive in the district and State playoffs in the near future.”

Gibbs went on to say that in his search to find a new coach, it was Lohrey who was always touted to have strong leadership and work ethics that stack up against any one, both on and off the football field. 

Lohery graduated from Crystal River High School in the 90's and recalled playing against the Red Devils, and how physical and athletic those Red Devil teams were.

Lohrey was the Defensive and Offensive coordinator at Central High School in Brooksville, Florida from 2003 – 2005 before becoming Head Football coach in 2006 – 2009, taking his team to a berth in the State playoffs. 

As a graduate Assistant from 2011- 2013 at the University of Oregon Ducks, Cliff was the Strength and Conditioning Asst. under Coach  James Radcliff.         

In searching out recommendation letters that Principle Gibbs had compiled in his search , one could find some very encouraging words from everyone who had worked with and for Lohrey since his entrance into coaching. 

Some of these statements were very encouraging.  “Coach Lohrey believes in his players and his players believe in him.” 

But one comment from many positive  comments that Gibbs brought to my attention was from the University of Oregon Coach James Radcliff, “It has always been clear to me in his ability to teach, coach, and relate to his student athletes.” 

Besides the letters of recommendation that were sent to Principle Gibbs in his search for the best suited coach for Williston football, there were many calls made by Gobbs to get the real picture of Cliff Lohrey, now called  the Williston Red Devil Head Football Coach and Athletic  Director.

Gibbs also said there will be a BBQ luncheon at a later date to welcome the new coach.