FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The West Valley Wolfpack football program have named their new head coach, tabbing Roy Hessner to take over the Division II team.
Hessner this past season served as an assistant for the Wolfpack, and also served as the interim head coach of the flag football team.
And he is this week's subject for Beyond the Scoreboard.
Roy Hessner is the main man with the West Valley Wolfpack, as he brings a resume full of experience through three decades of military service training marines to coaching football in California from 1998 to 2010.
Hessner is excited about the opportunity, and is ready to lead the program.
"I'm just excited for the opportunity, it's obviously a once in a lifetime opportunity. Literally a year ago before I interviewed for the head coach job I interviewed for my job here at West Valley, so it's been a whirlwind. Fortunately, last year I got a little experience with that stepping in for the head coaching for the flag football team. But, it's just another day at the office kind of thing. I spent 30 years in Marine Corp and managing big organizations is nothing new," said Hessner.
Hessner was the interim head coach of the flag football program, and he says this was the one thing holding him back from going for the head coaching position because he made a great connection with the girls.
"That actually was the one, the only second thought, misgiving I thought about applying cause of the girls that was the only thing that was holding me and gave any second thought at all. But here I am," said Hessner.
Roy takes over for the Wolfpack, and Hessner says his family is excited for him to get this position.
"That's funny because I told my wife that I would wait a year before I started coaching and I lied to her. Clearly because I started coaching within a couple months. My wife is super excited, cause she is a big supporter, I always saw she is my biggest supporter and biggest cheerleader. And she want to be part of the community as well. She's excited, it's just her and I up here, all the kids are in the Lower 48. I built her a greenhouse this summer, so she's got things to do so she's happy," said Hessner.
With the offseason ahead of them, Coach Hessner is preparing to mold the West Valley Wolfpack for the 2019 season and beyond.