Former Douglas Bulldog Hunter Long has been selected to be the new head football coach at Douglas High School.

His hiring is pending board approval which is expected to come at the June 4 meeting.

Long replaces James Fitzgerald who left after two seasons.

Hunter, 26, has been playing football since he was 8-years-old starting out with the Douglas Charger youth football league before joining the Bulldogs as a freshmen in 2007. He was a three-year starter for DHS on both offense and defense. His senior year, 2010, he landed All-State honors due to his outstanding defensive play as a middle linebacker.

Throughout his high school career, he played for Abe Grijalva, John Necas and Dick Keith.

After graduating Douglas High School in May 2011, Long played at Victor Valley College in California which was followed by one year at the University of Arizona.

“This is such a tremendous opportunity,” Long said Friday after meeting with the players. “I am very humbled and very excited to come back to my roots and give back to a program that helped me.”

Long said he is looking forward to continuing to help build a program that has a lot of respect, character and discipline.

“I hope to reinstall all those things that were put into me as a child and made us successful when I was here in high school,” he said.

While in high school, Long was known for his work ethic in the weight room. He said he plans on continuing with that now that he is the head coach.

“The weight room is going to be heavy, heavy, heavy,” he said. “We’re going to make sure our guys are big and strong.”

Long’s first practice with the Bulldogs will be Monday, June 3, the same day the Peak Performance Testing (PPT) program begins its third year.

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