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Rozzell carrying FC ‘weight’ — for now

Rozzell carrying FC ‘weight’ — for now
Brad Rozzell is the man in charge of the Fulton City High School football program — for now.
The FC middle school head coach has been put in place to direct the high school team’s offseason lifting and workouts schedule until a new skipper is hired.
Rozzell told The Messenger this morning that the Bulldog football team currently has 20-25 participants in its morning weightlifting sessions, which take place four days a week.
Rozzell, a 1995 graduate of FC who has been an assistant with the program for the past nine years as first a paraprofessional and now a school faculty member the last five seasons, indicated he has applied for the position. He has served as the Fulton City Middle School gridiron coach the past five campaigns.
Rozzell does have head coaching experience as the Bulldog track team’s mentor for two seasons.
According to Fulton Independent Schools Superintendent Dianne Owen, discussions are ongoing among officials regarding the hiring of a new head football coach.
Owen said in an e-mail this morning to The Messenger that an announcement about a new head football coach for one of the smallest schools in the state enrollment-wise should be made prior to June 15.
The FIS administrator also described the type of coach that the school system is looking for as “someone who can teach our students the sport of football while also teaching them the skills of being a team player.”
Owen continued by saying the next FC coach should be a positive role model and individual who cares about the school’s students. The Bulldog football team opens the 2010 campaign at home against Lake County Aug. 20.
Wayne Lohaus, who had piloted both the Fulton City football team and girls’ basketball squad the past two years as a paraprofessional after his retirement as the school’s guidance counselor in 2008, announced his resignation as the head coach of both programs last week.
All totaled, Lohaus sported a 25-66 record in nine years and two stints as the Bulldog football coach. Lohaus had been the Fulton City football coach the past seven years.
His FC teams advanced to the state playoffs in each of the last  three seasons.
Lohaus, also the Fulton City baseball coach, will retain that position.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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