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Ringgold coach Humbert extended

| Friday, Nov. 26, 2010

After coaching Ringgold High School's football team to a conference championship, it appears as if Matt Humbert will provide the program with much-needed stability.

At last month's school board meeting Humbert was awarded with a new four-year contract.

In his initial season as the Rams' head coach, Humbert guided Ringgold to a perfect 9-0 regular season before the team lost in the Class AAA playoffs to eventual semifinalist Central Valley.

"Obviously we're excited what's Matt's done with the football program and the energy he brings," said Ringgold Athletic Director Ron McMichael. "I believe everyone noticed his focus and commitment not only to the program but more importantly the kids."

The nine wins Ringgold produced this past season is the third most in school history and the first undefeated football regular season in the program's history. The Rams' best single-season records were 12-1 in 1982 under head coach Bill Connors and 10-1-1 under Joe Ravasio in 1987.

Humbert, who was an assistant coach in 2009, is Ringgold's 14th different head coach since the school district was formed in 1969. The last Ringgold head coach that led the team for more than two seasons was Chuck Colborn from 1993-99.

Humbert, a Laurel Highlands High School graduate, served as interim coach for two games in 2009, which were both Ringgold victories.

"This is definitely a good thing," McMichael said about Humbert's extension. "He's an up-and-coming head coach who only wants to get better."

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