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Troxel resigns

No not that Troxel. Southridge football coach Andy Troxel resigned Thursday.

Click the tab below to read a story by Rene Ferran of the Tri-City Herald.

By Rene Ferran

Tri-City Herald

KENNEWICK -- Dallin Palmer walked into Andy Troxel’s classroom Thursday with the rest of his Southridge football teammates, expecting the usual offseason pep talk about getting into the weight room and readying for spring ball.

Instead, Troxel informed his players that he was stepping down after 11 seasons.

“I was like, ’Wow.’ It was quite a shock,” said Palmer, a junior running back. “He’s a really good coach, a good guy, and I really enjoyed being around him. I’m sad to see him go.”

Troxel, younger brother of Lake City football coach Van Troxel, went 73-43 during his tenure, winning two league championships and qualifying for state six times, including this season.

“I want to spend more time with my family,” the 42-year-old said. “This was a very tough decision. Football is all I’ve ever known. This will be the first time in 30 years I won’t be on the field as either a player or a coach.

”This is something that Charlotte and I have talked about since the season got over. There is never a right time to do this, but you just look for the right time. I just felt this was the right time.“

Troxel also cited health reasons in a press release that accompanied the Kennewick School District’s announcement. He declined to go into specifics, saying only that they were not life-threatening.

”My wife is yelling at me that they’re not minor,“ he said. ”But they’re little things that need to be taken care of. This has to be my focus right now.“

He hopes after he’s dealt with his health issues to return one day to coaching.

”Not next year, but I’m going to see down the road what happens, where my kids take me,“ Troxel said. ”There’s not a timeline in what I’m thinking. I love the game. I love the kids. But I’m looking forward to a vacation in July.“

Southridge athletic director Ken Murray said the school would move as quickly as possible to hire Troxel’s successor.

”We don’t want to leave the kids in the program in an unknown,“ Murray said. ”We’ll open the position as soon as the district approves the opening. We certainly hope to have someone in place by March 1, but my goal is to work quicker than that if possible.“

Defensive coordinator Tony Reiboldt, who led the CBBN’s top-ranked defense this season, is considered a likely candidate. He received Palmer’s endorsement.

”I hope he gets the job,“ Palmer said. ”I would really enjoy that.“

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