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PREP FOOTBALL: Kankakee Valley hires alumnus James Broyles as coach
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PREP FOOTBALL: Kankakee Valley hires alumnus James Broyles as coach

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Kankakee Valley hired James Broyles as the school's head football coach Monday, athletic director John Gray said.

Broyles will take over the post immediately for the Kougars following the abrupt resignation of first-year coach Derek Thompson on June 22. Neither Thompson nor Gray would elaborate on why Thompson resigned.

"Under the circumstances with such short notice right before the season here, to get somebody so qualified and as energetic as James, there's a lot of excitement within the program," Gray said.

A 1996 Kankakee Valley grad, Broyles was named an Indiana North All-Star as an offensive lineman and went on to play at Indiana University and Southwest Missouri State. He had training camp stints with the Chiefs, Rams, Buccaneers and Packers.

"Being a college football player and having played in the NFL, James has been through the gauntlet," Gray said. "He has a lot of connections and resources to bring to the kids and he's ready to roll. He met with the players (Monday) and it's full steam ahead here with just a few short weeks before the season ramps up. He has a good plan to get things accomplished in such a short time."

The Kougars went 3-7 last season under Zach Prairie.

Kankakee Valley has had nine head coaches since 2000.

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CJ grew up shadowing his father, Jim, at various prep events and now follows in his footsteps as a sports reporter at The Times. A Purdue University graduate, his allegiances lie with the Boilermakers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.

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