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New Chino Valley football coach brings 'old school' approach

CHINO VALLEY, Arizona - Wade Krug knows what he wants to do offensively and defensively as the Chino Valley High School football program's new varsity head coach. Now, he just wants to get to work.

The school announced Thursday that Krug, who spent 2013 as defensive coordinator at Division 2 Gila Ridge High in Yuma, will take over the Division 4 Cougars program.

Krug succeeds Chuck Apap, who retired in December after a 43-year high school football-coaching career, the last two seasons of which were in Chino Valley.

Krug has been a high school football coach for 14 years and described himself Friday as coming from the "old school of thought." The Chino post will be his first as a varsity head coach.

He hopes to visit in the next week or so to meet the players, parents and community, and then move up permanently by early June to set up a summer football program.

"Building the foundation, get the kids in the weight room, (and) acclimated to the style of offense and defense that we're gonna be running," Krug said of his first order of business. "And just really starting to get to know each other. Hopefully by the time the first day of practice rolls around we'll have a good, solid base to put in for our first game."

Chino Valley athletic director Peter Jelovic narrowed down the vacancy's pool of candidates and interviewed the finalists over a two-day process, at which time he said Krug stood out.

"He's very polished in his X's and O's, and the vision that we have with the school and the district and where we want to go with our football program matched very well," Jelovic said Friday.

The Cougars are coming off a challenging season that saw the team finish 3-7 overall, and at the bottom of Division 4's Section 4 with a 1-5 record.

Prior to serving as defensive coordinator with Division 2 Section 4's Knights, who also went 3-7 in 2013, Krug spent 10 years coaching on the offensive side of the ball.

With Chino, his offense will run the triple-option in a flexbone formation, similar to what Georgia Tech and the service academies run at the college level.

"When you look at it from a general perspective it looks like a passing formation because it almost looks like you have four wide receivers. It's very similar to the spread-style offense," Krug explained.

"But because it's a triple option, it allows a team with average size athletes and average speed athletes to be a little more effective because it slows the defenses down."

Defensively, look for the Cougars to run a 4-4 scheme under Krug to match up against the run and pass.

"It allows things to be taught simply where the players don't really have to think, they can just react," he said.

Having game-planned for the Parkers and Lake Havasus and Kingmans of the AIA football world, Krug isn't yet familiar with the opponents his new program will face. Chino's section mates include Chandler Seton Catholic (6-0, section champs), Coolidge, Florence, Phoenix Cortez, San Tan Valley Combs and Scottsdale Coronado.

As a coach the last 14 years both in Arizona and Colorado, five of Krug's teams have reached the playoffs. As a player, he was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at Kansas Wesleyan University as an offensive lineman.

"We looked at his overall knowledge and experience that he's gained," Jelovic said. "He's been in the high school ranks for 14 years as a teacher and a coach and also played some college football. He's gone through the process and learned a lot, and he's settled on a pretty good philosophy. We believe in what he wants to do offensively and defensively."

Krug has a bachelor's degree from Kansas Wesleyan and a master's from Virginia Commonwealth.

He'll be an on-campus coach at Chino Valley, where he'll also teach history.

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