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Illinois High School Program Hires 20-Year-Old Grant Gordon as Head Coach

Three years ago, Grant Gordon was the starting quarterback on the Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton co-op high school football program in southern Illinois.

This fall, the 20-year-old Gordon will become the program’s head football coach — and according to research from High School Football America, perhaps the youngest high school head coach ever.

Gordon takes over for Anthony Hargrove, a former NFL defensive end. Hargrove was drafted in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. After five years leading the Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton team, Hargrove resigned earlier this year to become the defensive line coach at Limestone University in South Carolina.

Below, Gordon shares his perspective on being the country’s youngest high school football head coach and the advice that Hargrove gave him about the job.

Photo courtesy of High School Football America


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