PLEASANT VIEW -- Rick Corbridge is learning pretty fast that a football coach has to be a lot of things, including a salesman.
Corbridge, who was recently named to replace Rich Murray as head football coach at Weber High, doesn't plan on implementing much change on the field, but home is a different matter.
For the past seven years Corbridge, a 1997 graduate of Fremont High, has served as an assistant to a pair of highly successful coaches, Blaine Monkres and Kory Bosgieter at that same school. So, it's easy to see that Silver Wolves tradition runs deep in his home.
So deep, in fact, that 7-year-old Tanner says that he will root for his dad and the Warriors except when they play Fremont.
That's where the sales job comes in.
"I've waited a long time and look forward to this opportunity," Corbridge said. "I have had such great mentors in coach Monkres and coach Bosgieter, and now it's my turn to share what I've learned from them."
It's not always that a first-year coach can look forward to immediate on-the-field success, but considering where Murray left the program, 2010 should be another successful season for the Warriors.
Under Murray, the 2009 Warriors posted an impressive 7-4 mark, their first winning season in a decade.
"This year's junior class is a great group of kids. They are strong, talented and athletic," Murray said. "We looked forward to this coming year because of how good these kids are, but now it's time to make a change. It will be a little different not being out there because football has been a big part of my life for so many years, but I'm looking forward to spending more time with my family. There is no negativity with me stepping down; it was a choice I made, and the administration was very supportive."
Corbridge was equally impressed with this year's junior class.
"I met with the juniors the other day, and they are a great group of kids. They went undefeated as sophomores, and a lot of them got significant playing time this year. I really like what I see. Coach Murray has left the program in great shape."
After graduating from Fremont, Corbridge served an LDS Church mission to Germany before attending Weber State University on a track scholarship.
He went on to get a masters degree from Idaho State. Corbridge and his wife, Adella, are the parents of four children, two boys and two girls.
"There are going to be a lot of challenges, but my wife is very supportive. She knew she was marrying a coach," Corbridge said.