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Rusty Nail Hangs It Up

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Mart Hires Hoffman to Replace Rusty Nail

The Mart Panthers have hired their offensive coordinator Kevin Hoffman to be their new head coach. Hoffman takes over for Rusty Nail who is leaving to take a new position in the financial services industry.

Coach Nail was the Panthers head coach since 2006 going 105-23 during that time. His teams made the state championship game four (4) times. They won 2A Division II title in 2006 and the 1A Division I title in 2010. This was the only head coaching position for Coach Nail. He was an assistant at Marlin before taking over the Panthers. The Mart Coaching staff won the Coaching Staff of the Year award for the district this year. This will be the first head coaching job for Hoffman.

Coach Hoffman was actually considered and one of the finalists for the head coaching position when Rusty Nail first took over nine years ago.  As Nail's Offensive Coordinator, Hoffman not only understands the system... it was his.  He is already well-known and loved by the students so the transition should be pretty seamless.

The Mart Panthers bring back a very good selection of players from a team whose only loss was to the eventual state champion - Canadian:

Returning All-District Players

District Offensive Newcomer

JR Tyrek Preston

1st Team

RB JR D’Marcus Cosby

OL SOPH Xavier Flores-Moreno

OL & K JR Bryson Nail

DL SOPH Tyree Williams

DL JR Cody Uren

LB FRESH Zamar Kirven

2nd Team

RB SOPH Tyree Williams

DL JR Bryson Nail

LB JR D’Marcus Cosby

DB JR Tyrek Preston

ST JR Eric Harringer

The future continues to look bright for the Panthers with 13 all-district selections coming back. 2015 looks like an 8th consecutive trip to at least the Quarterfinals. Good Luck Coach Nail and Coach Hoffman.

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