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Massac County hires Lott as head football coach

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

Good things come to those who wait and after waiting awhile Ryan Lott finally got the job he was hoping for as Massac County's head football coach.

Lott was hired Monday night during a Massac County School Board meeting to succeed John Warren, who led the Patriots the past two seasons and in January became the head coach at Bradenton (Fla.) High.

"It took about two months from the time coach Warren left, and thanks to a couple of snow vacations because of the weather, to go through the interview process," Lott said. "But after finally finding out Monday that I got the job it was really a good feeling and a dream come true to get the position."

Lott was Massac County's assistant head coach and offensive coordinator last season and he feels already having a relationship with the athletes at the school and his potential coaching staff will be a big benefit.

Lott played football for and graduated from Melican (Ill.) University in 2006 with a degree in education-exercise science and in 2010 finished earning two master's degrees at Southern Illinois University in exercise science and in arts in teaching. He then coached for a year at Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood High and at Carbondale High for two more years before joining the Massac County staff.

"I feel since I'm already working at the school with the kids that things are already better, because I know what I'm getting into and it helps that I'm familiar with the kids and they are familiar with me," Lott said.

"And that goes with all the coaches, too. It's not like I have to go figure out the kids and get to know the assistant coaches and I'm already familiar with the administrators."

There is some work to do with the football program. Last season, the Patriots finished 3-6 and going 0-9 in 2012 and 2-7 in 2011 and 2009. That came after three years â “ 2007, 2008 and 2009 â “ where Massac County made the playoffs with 7-4, 7-4 and 7-3 records, respectively.

"We are going to build off the momentum we built last season in winning our last two games and continue our improvement by recruiting the talent we have in school and getting more kids out," Lott said.

"We're hoping to get some of the athletes who might not have played before and want them to see we're turning things around. I know winning helps."

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow on Twitter @psunsports.

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