There is a new head football coach in Monroe City and it is a familiar face. David Kirby found out Wednesday night that he will be taking over as the new head coach for the recently departed Tony DeGrave.

“It was a very nice feeling,” Kirby said. “I was excited. It is just a great opportunity.”

This will be Kirby’s first go around as a head football coach.

“I am very excited,” Kirby said. “It is a great opportunity in a great community. I just look forward to the opportunity to hopefully be a successful program.”

Kirby isn’t a new face to Monroe City. He will be making the transition from assistant coach with the Panthers to the head coach. So while he has not had a chance to brief the team yet, the fact that they already know him and how he is won’t be a surprise.

I am going to speak to them (Thursday) and Friday,” Kirby said. “Obviously I was an assistant for a few years at Monroe City. So, I do have a relationship already built in. But, I do look forward to speaking to them over the next few days.”

Kirby is expecting his years as an assistant to help him and the players with the transition.

“It is (going to be) a smoother transition because of the relationships I have already built,” Kirby said. “But, also, the coaching staff is going to remain the same. That is also going to help the transition with me and the kids. That is one of the added bonuses of me getting this job from within.”

While the coaching staff is going to be the same, there will be some changes. Kirby plans on leaving his mark on the team.

“There will be some tweaks as to what we have run the last couple of years,” Kirby said. “We have worked very hard in the offseason to incorporate some new schemes and we look forward to implimenting them this fall.”