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Tiller named football coach at Ridgeview

Kevin Mays • Apr 22, 2020 at 10:08 PM

CLINTWOOD — Ridgeview has its new football coach.

The Dickenson County School Board voted Wednesday to hire Haysi native Todd Tiller as the coach of the Wolfpack program.

The 1996 all-state lineman for the former Haysi High School has worked as an assistant at Ridgeview for the last two seasons. Prior to that, he was a head coach at Fort Chiswell for three years. He also was an assistant coach at Grundy and Castlewood.

Tiller replaces Rick Mullins, the only football coach in Ridgeview’s short history. Mullins resigned in January.

In 2019, Mullins guided the Wolfpack to the co-championship of the Mountain 7 District as well as a third consecutive Region 2D playoff appearance.

Mullins led the ’Pack to postseason appearances in four of its five years of existence.

Last year, the Wolfpack finished 9-3, falling to Wise Central 14-7 in the regional semifinals.

Mullins’ overall record at Ridgeview was 36-20. He went 108-37 at Clintwood, including a state crown in 2011, and finished as state runner-up in 2007 and 2008.

NOTHING DRAMATIC

Tiller said he hopes to make a couple of changes to the team, but he doesn’t plan on “reinventing the wheel” at the successful program.

“We want to play fast and physical,” Tiller remarked of his plans for the fall. “We want to make this Ridgeview football.”

BEING PREPARED

With the coronavirus pandemic, Tiller said he’s not sure exactly when he will be able to meet with his players face-to-face.

“Right now, we may try to get all the kids on workouts at home,” he said. “Hopefully, this thing doesn’t linger through the summer. But if it does, we may have to figure out how to send everyone a playbook electronically.”

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