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4/28/04 - Longview

Lobos Get A New Head Football Coach

There's a new head man for the Longview Lobo football team. After four years, Pat Collins stepped down last week to concentrate on running the entire athletic department, longtime assistant John King takes over.

For the past four years John King has been the Offensive Coordinator for the Longview Lobos. Wednesday he officially became the new head football coach.

He says the news is a relief for him and his varsity players,"they were happy. They were relieved. They get used to guys coaching day in and day out. They were just as happy to see the whole staff stay intact as much as approval of me as head coach."

The promotion for King comes one week after Pat Collins stepped down as the head football coach to become the new Extra Curricular Activities Director. But don't think there are big changes in store. The friendship and styles of these two men are very similar.

"I've been with coach Collins for like I said eight years. He's kind of molded me into the type of coach that I am. There's a lot of things that you learn from a guy that's been a coach for four years and has had the success that he's had," says King.

That success the Lobos have enjoyed, says King, is something he plans to continue. "Our kids take great pride in playing for the Lobos. They dream about that from the time they start playing football in the 4th or 5th grade until the time they step on campus. We're going to continue those work habits."

Those work habits for the new head football coach won't change either. John King officially begins his new duties Monday morning.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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