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High school football: Syracuse names Michael Knight new football coach

A familiar face has been tabbed to take over the Syracuse High School football program.

Michael Knight, an the offensive line coach at Syracuse since 2008, was announced as the school’s new head coach on Friday morning by principal Wendy Nelson.

Knight takes over for retiring Russ Jones, the only head coach the school has ever known since opening its doors in 2007. During his 10 years at the helm, Jones led Syracuse to a 71-39 overall record and an 8-9 playoff record, including a runner-up finish in 2012.

"In selecting coach Knight for our football program, we saw in him not only an excellent coach who has a love and passion for the game, but more deeply, a love and concern for the players themselves," said Nelson. "He shares our vision and desire to make sure that their education and civic responsibilities are in the forefront when representing Syracuse High School, with football participation and continuing a winning tradition being the icing on the cake."

Knight played college football at Dixie State and Southern Utah. He contributed as a graduate assistant at Southern Utah early in his coaching career, which spans 25 years at various levels.

Knight already teaches health and physical education at Syracuse, along with helping coach track and field.