KENNEWICK — In selecting their new football coach, Southridge wanted somebody who shared previous coach Andy Troxel's vision of building the Suns program into a perennial state power.
They found their man in Tony Reiboldt, a Southridge assistant since 1997 and the team's defensive coordinator for the last six seasons.
"This is something I've been striving for for years," said Reiboldt, who also served as the team's assistant head coach for the last two seasons. "I've matured as a coach, and I'm familiar with the kids and the staff."
Troxel announced his resignation last month, citing health reasons, after leading the Suns to a 73-43 record in 11 seasons at Southridge. Reiboldt, 39, was there since the beginning of Troxel's reign, including the early days looking up from the Big Nine cellar.
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"There were some lean years here, but having the opportunity to help the program grow has been awesome," said Reiboldt, a 1989 Kennewick graduate who later played linebacker at Central Washington University. "There's no hiding the fact that (defense) has always been my passion. But Andy helped me grow as a coach and take a more wholistic approach to the game."
Reiboldt helped turn the Southridge defense into one of the CBBN's best units over the last few seasons. He plans to stay aggressive on defense but said he may add a few tweaks on the offensive side of the ball.
"When you go through change like this, there's the potential for chaos," he said. "We're not going to change a whole lot, but we'll do some things differently.
"We'll use some spread and multiple formations. When we spread the field, we won't just go sideline to sideline. You've got to go vertically, too."
That makes it hard to bring that eighth guy into the box."