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Updated: Bindel Promoted to Rider Head Coach

After two full days on the job as Rider Head Football Coach and Campus Coordinator, Marc Bindel still hasn't had time for it to sink in.

He hopes that will happen sometime this weekend, but right now he's far too busy with all of the day-to-day work his new job entails.

Wichita Falls ISD Athletic Director Kenny Catney made the announcement shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday night that Bindel would take over for Jim Garfield, who resigned last week to take the same position at Elgin High School near Austin.

Bindel said he wants to continue Coach Gar's tradition of including the entire Rider family, not just athletes or the football team. The "One Family, One Team" motto is here to stay.

"[Coach Garfield] is a big-time family man and he involves all of the families," Bindel said Thursday. "He wants all coaches' input and really cares about the kids, players and coaches. So, if anything I'm just going to try to model what he's done as far as One Family, One Team, and continue to have the success that we've had at Rider."

Bindel is 33 years old, on the young side for a 4A (soon to be 5A) head coach, but has plenty of experience at Rider. He's been with the Raiders since 2009 and is a Wichita Falls High School and Midwestern State graduate.

He is married with three daughters.

When asked what he might do differently or change as the head coach, he suggested he may be a little more adventurous with his in-game decisions than most coaches.

"As an offensive coordinator, I always wanted to go for it on fourth down," he said. "As the head coach maybe you tend to get a little bit conservative, but I'm thinking about going for it on every 4th down and never punting."

Offensively, he said the Single Wing, or "box" is still here to stay, with the rest of the Franklin System-inspired offense staying as well. On defense he said he's not sure what formation they'll run.

"We're going to find the best eleven kids, best athletes, fastest, and we're going to put them on the field," Bindel said. "We're going to get back to that aggressive, Rider defense that they've been known for."

Rider's schedule is set for the 2014 season. They'll scrimmage with Denison before opening the season at Abilene Cooper and playing Amarillo and Denton Guyer at home, then beginning the district 5-5A season.
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