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Football: Robert Harrison, 25, hired to coach at Hanover

Updated: April 16, 2013 3:17PM



It’s not clear if Robert Harrison is the youngest football coach in the state of Indiana.

But he has to be close.

Harrison, 25, in a move that wasn’t unexpected, was named the coach of Hanover Central at a board meeting Tuesday.

Harrison has lots of work to do to get the program, which starts playing varsity football in 2014, going. Hanover will play a junior varsity schedule this year.

It’s also a place that holds lots of promise. Cedar Lake is growing, with Hanover having moved up from 2A to 3A in basketball this year. The Wildcats will play 3A in football.

“We’ll be trying to give these kids as much knowledge as possible,” he said. “Some of them were putting their girdles on backwards. We have to start with the basics and get the younger kids experienced in playing an organized game.”

Harrison should be able to relate. He’s less than a decade older than some of the older players.

Harrison, the son of a high school baseball coach and assistant football coach, got the itch to go into coaching when he helped his father in high school.

He was set to play college ball after graduating from North Vermillion High School but he snapped his ankle in three places and had to shelve the idea. Harrison was a quarterback for North Vermillion. Harrison is already entrenched in the building process at Hanover.

He basically started the middle school program last year. The Wildcats played for the first time in 2012 and he had been conducting offseason programs for the kids.

Harrison believes the program can help Hanover continue to grow. There were kids that had wanted to play football in the school system that left because there was no program.



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