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Coach McPeek Steps Down

June 26, 2007 - American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) - Huntington Heroes News Release


Head coach Garry McPeek has stepped down as the Heroes head coach. McPeek has accepted the principals position at Fairview High School. The new job will require more of his time keeping him from continuing his head coaching duties with the Heroes.

"It's a great opportunity. That's where I need to focus," said McPeek of his new position. He led the Heroes to a 19-11 mark in the franchise's first two season. The Heroes made the playoffs in both seasons and this past season seemed to have turned the corner with a seven game winning streak and beating the eventual North divsion champion Reading Express 42-29 in the final home game. "I feel we got the program established," said McPeek. "I appreciate the opportunity they gave me. We did some good things. We're in good shape."

"We wish him well," said Heroes owner Greg Ramey. "He did a lot of positive things for us. It's a good move for his family, he did a great job and I wish him the best." While coach McPeek has stepped away from the head coaching duties he has not ruled out coming back to help the Heroes as an assistant or in another football role that would allow him to miss a game or practice because of school duties. "He expressed interest in helping," said Ramey, "and we'd welcome that."

Now the task of finding his replacement will begin. "We've had a lot of people contact us already," Ramey said. "We'll start looking to find our next coach right away."

Coach McPeek got his start coaching indoor football in 2001 when he was the defensive coordinator for the River Cities Locomotives. The Loco's only lasted one season going 1-13. McPeek then moved on as an assistant coach for the Lexington Horsemen of the NIFL. The Horsemen won the NIFL title in 2004. McPeek returned to Huntington in 2006 and joined the Heroes for their inaugural season. Heroes fans, players and staff appreciate all of coach McPeek's hard work and dedication and wish him the best in the future.

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