PHILADELPHIA, MIss. -- After taking over for Bobby Hall following the first two games of the 2018 season, defensive coordinator David Frey has been promoted to full-time head coach of the Philadelphia Tornadoes football program.
Philadelphia started the year 0-2, before rebounding to end the year 6-4 heading into the 2A playoffs. The Tornadoes fell in the South State semi-finals to Calhoun City.
"I actually learned a lot from last season" Frey said. "I kind of got thrown in the fire, but for us discipline has to come first. If we're disciplined, we'll win games."
Frey said he will keep the coaching staff from last year's team intact, providing consistency for the returning players in 2019.
"If something new is brought up to the kids, it could mess them up big time" Frey said. "So, this will help a lot."
Bobby Hall was hired at Philadelphia in April of 2018, before resigning as head coach following a 38-14 loss to Bay Springs at home. Frey was in the midst of his fourth season as defensive coordinator before being named interim head coach.
"This place loves football" Frey said. "There's a lot of pressure, but I'm ready for it. It's going to be fun."