By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Nick Hyde, a 29-year-old Franklin County native and graduate of Preston High School, was named this week as head football coach for Preston High School.
Hyde, who was junior varsity head coach for the Indians last year, replaces former head coach Shawn Marlow who announced his resignation recently after serving for six years.
This is Hyde’s first head-coaching position at the varsity level.
The district initially interviewed several applicants for the position and narrowed the field substantially before deciding on Hyde. He said he became interested in the opening shortly after Marlow’s resignation.
“But I didn’t submit my application until the final day of the application period. I’m very, very excited about this great opportunity. It’s really a dream to be able to coach and teach at your alma mater,” he said. “And besides, my wife didn’t want to leave the valley.”
“I grew up in Fairview on a dairy farm and played both football and basketball in high school for the Indians. “I was lucky enough to play football at Ricks College in the fall of 2001,” he said. Hyde helped Marlow at Preston for the past three years. He plans to implement a ground and pound offensive scheme this fall, despite being a small 4A school.
“We’ve got a lot of bulk this year … some pretty good-sized kids. And we’ve got some running backs that are fast and pretty big. On defense, we are going to be very active and aggressive,” he told The Citizen.
“I am looking forward to the challenges of being the head coach at Preston and humbled to follow Coach Marlow … he is such a good guy and well respected by those that know him.
Hyde graduated from Preston in 2001. He followed his high school sweetheart Jill Hatch of Oxford, to Casper, Wyo., and got married in 2003. The couple has a son, Cash, who is almost two years old.
Hyde graduated from Idaho State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s of science degree in secondary education with an emphasis in health education. He has a minor in history.
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