Airedales Name Charleston’s Loughridge as Head Football Coach
It didn’t take long for the Alma Airedales to find their man.
Doug Loughridge was announced as head coach at a press conference on Monday.
“If you look at the blue print of Alma football, it is a perfect example of my personality and my coaching style,” Loughridge said.
Loughridge was the head coach at Charleston since 2007 and had one of the best runs in Arkansas football. The Tigers were 68-9 over the past six years under Loughridge including a 9-3 mark in 2012. Charleston was bounced from the third round of the playoffs by Glen Rose, the eventual state runner-up.
Loughridge will earn $92,000 a year as the new Airedales coach.
“It would have to be a special job to pull me away from Charleston,” Loughridge said. “I was born, raised and graduated there. It would have to be a special job to pull me away from Charleston and I think this is a special job. It’s a great opportunity.”
Loughridge won two state championships at Charleston (2011, 2008).
“We’ve had over 40 candidates that expressed an interest in this position from about seven different states,” Alma athletic director Mike McSpadden said. “Some successful head coaches, some high quality assistant coaches and some from very successful programs but at the end of the day there was one person that stood out by himself in this process and that was Doug Loughridge.”
Former Alma coach Todd Dilbeck stepped down after the 2012 citing personal reasons. Dilbeck lost his father just before the season ended and wanted to return to Oklahoma in order to be closer to his family.