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What a week it's been: Hentges named head coach of Crusaders

Chris Hentges was named the new Helias football coach on Thursday. (Helias High School)

JEFFERSON CITY --- Some weeks in your family's life are more eventful than others.

Too often, not in a good way.

But for the Hentges' family, this has been a good week ... a very good week.

Monday night, Helias graduate Hale Hentges was the starting tight end for Alabama as the Crimson Tide football dynasty captured yet another national championship.

Thursday morning, Helias graduate and former coach Chris Hentges (and father of Hale) was named the new --- in this case, the new and the old --- head football coach of the Crusaders, further deepening the roots of the Hentges dynasty on this program.

"Helias is a special school and a special place, and it has a special place in my heart, " Chris Hentges said. "That's why I'm doing it.

"At age 52, a lot of guys who are in education and coaching are getting ready to retire and ride off into the sunset. I just feel I have a little more to give, and I'm privileged to get a second chance to lead the program."

A 1984 graduate and record-setting running back at Helias, Chris Hentges served as head coach of the Crusaders from 2006-10, compiling a mark of 50-12 and leading the team to a pair of Class 4A state championship games.

To avoid any possible conflict of interest during Hale's high school days, Chris stepped down as head coach after the 2010 season, and remained on the sidelines to follow Hale's career at Alabama.

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