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Hall Of Famer Takes On High School Coaching Job

The trend of well-known, former NFL players taking over head coaching jobs at the high school and college levels continues. Deion Sanders got the wave started when he joined Jackson State, and since then, several others have followed suit.

Former NFL star quarterback Philip Rivers is now the head coach of St. Michael Catholic High School in Mobile, Ala. Hall of Fame running back Eddie George is leading the program at Tennessee State, and now another has joined the ranks.

On Monday, Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach announced that former NFL offensive lineman Alan Faneca, a recent addition to the Hall of Fame, will take over as the new head coach. That news came on Twitter.

“We are excited to announce that our next head football coach will be Alan Faneca,” the tweet read. “Coach Faneca played college football in the SEC for LSU, spent 13 years in the NFL (mostly with the Steelers), where he was named to the pro bowl nine times, and won a Super Bowl ring. Welcome!”

Faneca is taking over for Bill Stachelski, who recently stepped down after 13 seasons leading the program. The move makes sense considering the former first-round pick was already coaching the offensive line.

I don’t know about you, but I’m curious to see how these guys do at their new gigs. Name recognition can be a huge advantage, but there also have to be results on the field. Either way, this trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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