FAIRBANKS — Roy Hessner performed double duty last season with both football programs at West Valley High School.
He was the head coach of the Wolfpack’s girls flag football team and was an assistant coach for its boys varsity football team.
Next fall, Hessner’s focus will be on one West Valley football team.
Hessner, a retired Marine major and the senior instructor for the school’s Marine Corps Junior ROTC program, was announced Thursday as the new head coach for the Wolfpack boys varsity squad, which plays in the Division II Railbelt Conference.
“West Valley is excited to have coach Hessner lead four football program,’’ West Valley assistant principal Dave Foshee said in a news release.
“Roy’s strong leadership skills will not only benefit the players on the field but in the classroom and community,” West Valley activities coordinator Wayne Sawchuk said.
Hessner replaces Kyle Allison, who recently resigned after eight seasons as his alma mater’s head football coach. Allison played quarterback for the Wolfpack and was later its offensive coordinator before becoming head coach.
Hessner spent 30 years in the Marines and he worked for 12 years (1998-2010) with the football program at Joshua Springs Christian School in Yucca Valley, California.
Hessner’s coaching career with Joshua Springs Christian began as the strength and conditioning coach. He later became responsible for the Lightning’s junior varsity and varsity linebackers and running backs.
Hessner was promoted to Joshua Springs Christian’s JV defensive coordinator and in 2007, he became its varsity defensive coordinator.
Hessner didn’t coach with the Lightning in 2008 because of military obligations. During his tenure with Joshua Springs Christian, he helped it compile a 33-5-1 record and win three state championships in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section.
Hessner has been a CrossFit coach since 2006 and he holds coaching certifications in Olympic weightlifting, indoor rowing and nutrition.
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