There is no place like home.
Brian Doll was named as the new football head coach at New Trier on Monday evening. Doll, a 1995 New Trier graduate and former Elk Grove head coach, surprisingly left the school after the 2011 season to take a position with the NFL in leading the league's growth initiative in Europe. The demands of a young and growing family, a constant travel schedule, and also the opportunity to coach at his alma matter all added up to Doll's latest move.
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"The travel was a big part of the (NFL) job," Doll said. "I was traveling constantly. I have two young boys now and that also was a big factor for me in making this decision.
"I was in Austrailia when I saw that (former New Trier head coach) Dan (Starkey) took the Lockport job. I honestly never thought that the New Trier job would open up. Once I saw that the coaching position was open I knew I was ready to make the move back home. I miss coaching football and everything has just fallen into place for me and my family. Timing is everything."
Doll takes over a Trevians program that has been to the state playoffs the past 10 seasons. New Trier hasn't won a Central Suburban South football conference crown since 2000 and faces a rival in Maine South that has won 65 straight conference games. So what's the plan for the Trevians to climb the Central Suburban South mountain under Doll?
"It's a two part plan. My first act will be to build up the program from the foundation up. It starts with the junior programs and I want to get them all on board and to be excited about New Trier football. I also want to internally recruit the building. I want to get those kids who aren't already in the program. I know that we have the kids here to get the job done and it's up to us to make them also get excited and want to be a part of New Trier Trevians football."
Doll, who also served as an assistant coach at New Trier for nine seasons feels he's already a step ahead in his new position.
"I've already been reconnecting with several alums. I also know a lot of people in the building including the coaches and that's a big plus."