CARSON CITY — There’s a new varsity football coach at Carson City-Crystal, but he’s not new to the program.
Devin Pringle is the new football coach, but this will be his third stint as the varsity football coach. He was also the head coach from 1996 to 1999 and for a year in 2006.
Pringle takes over for Jason Gray, who left to take the varsity head football coaching job at Chesaning.
Pringle was the head coach that took the Eagles to the playoffs in 1999. Prior to last season, that was the only time CC-Crystal was in the postseason.
CC-Crystal athletic director Larry Farmer said he wanted continuity in the football program, so he decided on Pringle.
“We had a good pool of applicants,” Farmer said. “But his familiarity with the kids, familiarity with the system we are currently running, and he helped out some with coach Gray. So I felt like coming off the very good season we had last year I wanted to continue the same system. I didn’t want to start over with something entirely different.”
Pringle said he wanted to get back into coaching, especially after not having coached since 2006.
“I’m getting up there in years,” he said. “The opportunity came up and it was whether I wanted to spend the rest of my career in an office or teaching and coaching. The opportunity to work with kids was too much to pass up.”
Pringle said he wants to continue what Gray started.
“Coach Gray got the step in the right direction in laying that foundation,” he said. “But I preached to our kids, if you look over the past eight seasons, we have one win against a team with a winning record in eight season. We have five teams on our schedule with a winning record. We’re clearly on a path to get there.”
Pringle said he won’t be changing much, but there will be a few changes coming.
“I’ve always been a little bit of an old school Irv Sigler (former Belding coach) disciple,” he said. “But I liked what coach Gray did and we have a little wrinkle for the different packages. I’ve always believed the kids who have a great football work ethic will have success.”
Farmer didn’t put any numbers on what Pringle should be getting for wins.
“A lot of that is you’re not in control of who else is doing well,” Farmer said. “You have to do the best you can and that’s all an athletic director can ask. They do it with athletics first and sportsmanship after that.”
Farmer said his expectations for Pringle are “the same expectations I have for every coach,” he said. “Do the best they can and give the kids the best experience they are able to.”
Pringle though has immediate goals for the Eagles.
“Expectations are high,” he said. “We should be competing for a conference championship. Anything less than that and getting into a position for a playoff possibility would be a disappointment.”
The Eagles season starts Aug. 29 when they face Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary.