Monument Mountain will be getting a self-described "football nut" to lead its program this fall.
The Spartans hired Lee resident Bill LaGrant to replace Todd Tinker who resigned after winning four games in three years at Monument.
LaGrant was a head coach at both Lee and St. Joseph. He lived in Florida for 15 years and spent time volunteering at the youth level there. He describes himself as a fanatic for the sport who listens to just one channel on his satellite radio: NFL radio. He attended more than 30 high school football games last year.
"I just love the sport, love the kids," he said. "I watch college football all the time."
While the Monument program has struggled for years, LaGrant said he believes there is a strong nucleus in place to move the team forward. The biggest thing for the new coach is changing attitudes.
"You've got to build unity," LaGrant said. "You've got to get the right kids out. You've got to change the attitudes. ... You've got to convince the kids that you're there for them. It's their program. I'm just there to help them organize it and get them going in the right direction."
LaGrant last coached in Berkshire County for the Crusaders in 1986.
Monument athletic director Paul Gibbons said LaGrant's experience impressed the school's administration. Gibbons once taught with LaGrant when Monument first opened in the 60s.
"I think people will be surprised and happy with what he'll bring into the program," Gibbons said. "I think it'll change our program a little bit.