Engstrand takes reins at Green County

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By Ron Benningfield

 Chris Engstrand, a 1997 LaRue County High School graduate, has been named head football coach of the Green County High School Dragons.

The 2001 Campbellsville University graduate goes to Green County from Fairdale High School where his Bulldogs posted a 5-16 record during his two-year tenure there.

Prior to that, his Henry County teams amassed a 28-19 record in four seasons (2006-09).  

He was an assistant coach at Western Hills in 2003 and at Nelson County in 2004 before being named the head coach at Western Hills in 2005 where his team garnered a 5-5 record before being he was called upon to coach at Henry County.

David Dawson, LaRue County High School athletic director, recalled Engstrand as a dedicated, hardworking athlete best known for his defensive play.

“He was a defensive end and outside linebacker who was always energetic and passionate about the game, and I feel sure he’ll take that with him to Green County,” Dawson said.

Tim Deaton, Green County High’s AD described Engstrand as a hard worker, very organized, who “has his ducks in a row.”  He said Engstrand was introduced to the team last week and will be leading spring drills.

Deaton said Mike Griffiths, the previous coach, is still employed with the Green County school system, but decided to step out of coaching to spend more time with family and for his duties as an administrator.

“Coach Griffiths has done a great rebuilding job during at Green County and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop these young men,” Engstrand said.

Those attending the 2A District 3 Dragons’ games can expect to see a spread offense.

“We execute a very fast style of play,” he said.

Green County is scheduled to battle LaRue County’s Hawks next season, a fact that hasn’t slipped the former Hawks’ player’s mind.

“I played under Coach Rodney Armes and still have a lot of love for the program, which is very near and dear to my heart,” said Engstrand. “I will be rooting for the Hawks for every game next season – except one.”