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Chris Hentges returns as Helias football coach

Chris Hentges returns as Helias football coach.

Helias Catholic High School has a new head football coach, and he’s no stranger to the Crusaders.

Chris Hentges will return to the position he held for five seasons from 2006-2010. Hentges was introduced this morning at the Jefferson City school.

Hentges replaces Tim Rulo, who was let go after his third season leading the Helias football program.

Hentges is the son of the legendary Helias coach Ray Hentges, whose name adorns the new football stadium at the Crusader Athletic Complex.

Chris Hentges led the Helias football program to a pair of Class 4 state title games in 2008 and 2009. He finished with a 50-12 record in his first stint as head coach, winning three district championships. Hentges stepped down from the post in 2010 for family reasons.

He stepped out of the spotlight to watch his son, Hale Hentges, play high school football at Helias and has continued to watch as Hale has played in 3 straight national championship games with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Chris Hentges was an All-American high school football player at Helias in the early 80's. He went on to play college football at Iowa State.

Chris Hentges coached at Kirksville High School before returning home to Helias, where he's served as a teacher and coach.

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