MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery's Park Crossing High School has named a new athletic director and head football coach.
Angelo Wheeler was introduced Thursday morning. Prior to being hired, Wheeler previously served as a teacher and coach at McIntyre Middle School, Capital Heights, and most recently as the assistant head football coach at Park Crossing.
"It's truly a blessing to be able to get the opportunity to lead a program like this here at Park Crossing High School. It's been a long time coming. Been able to have a lot of success here and just looking forward to the opportunity to lead the program and to continue the things that we've been doing here already at Park Crossing High School," said Wheeler.
Wheeler served as Smitty Grider's defensive coordinator all five seasons that Grider was head coach at Park Crossing. Grider left after this past season and is now the head coach of Hazel Green High School in northern Alabama, but Wheeler feels he is more than qualified to lead the Thunderbirds this fall.
"I've pretty much been a head coach my entire career. When I came here, at Park Crossing, I became Coach Grider's defensive coordinator, so I've been here since the day one, since the school opened," he said. "We've been able to build this program from the bottom up, so with that being said, I think that qualifies me as being the person that leads this program."
There's no need to change anything Wheeler says. He feels that the key to continuing success at Park Crossing all comes down to one thing.
"Consistency. We're going to stay consistent with what we've been doing. There's no need to change in anything that we've been doing. We've been successful the last five years here at Park Crossing so we're just going to stay consistent," Wheeler said.
He said he feels his leadership will be something that can keep the TBirds on the right track.
When asked his expectations for this upcoming simple, he had two words, "State championship."
Wheeler is also an assistant principal at Capitol Heights Middle School.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education, a Master's Degree in Education, and a Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership all from Auburn University in Montgomery.