Chillicothe High School names Doug Pryor as new head football coach – Chillicothe Gazette


CHILLICOTHE – Chillicothe High School welcomes a new head football coach.

After searching for a new one since January, the Chillicothe School Board approved Doug Pryor as the school’s new head varisty football coach on Wednesday.

“I’m extremely humbled and honored,” Pryor said to the Gazette on Wednesday. “Everyone has just welcomed me down here with open arms. It’s just been unbelievable. So, just very, very fortunate to be here, can’t wait to get started.”

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Chillicothe High School named Doug Pryor as their new head football coach on Wednesday. Hear what he had to say about getting the job here.
David Wysong, Sports Reporter

Pryor is replacing Ron Hinton who stepped down as head coach in January. Hinton is fifth all-time in the state of Ohio with 344 career wins.

“I’ve talked to coach Hinton several times now,” Pryor said. “He’s just been extremely helpful and helping me learn the tradition of Chillicothe football. You can’t really ask for anyone better than coach Hinton. A lot of times when you have those situations, a coaching change, you don’t get really that much exposure to the previous coach and, again, he’s been very, very helpful.”

Pryor was previously a co-offensive coordinator at Heath High School and before that was the defensive line coach at Denison University, his alma mater where he was a two-time all-league offensive lineman. He also spent time at Marion Harding where he coached under Hinton’s nephew, Heath.

Pryor is inheriting a Chillicothe team that went 7-3 and 3-2 in the Frontier Athletic Conference last season, barely missing the playoffs. They have also had six straight winnings seasons, making the playoffs four times in that span.

“I’m an educator, so I really want them to finish the school year strongly academically,” Pryor said. “I want to help really just amp up the weight room, not that there’s a problem with the weight room right now, but I just want to be more visible in the weight room and finish out the spring training strongly. Then have a great summer training the guys … then obviously being well trained enough physically to where we can go into week one, we’re ready to give our best effort and compete and put on a great show for Cavalier nation.”


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