Longtime Liberty assistant named head football coach

January 14, 2014 Updated: January 15, 2014 at 7:41 am
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Marc Sites is already a busy man. On Tuesday, that workload increased heavily.

Sites, a 13-year assistant football coach at Liberty and the junior varsity boys' basketball coach, was introduced as the Lancers' new head coach.

"I'm coaching about 12 months year-round," Sites said from the road after returning from the Lancers' boys' basketball game at Mountain Vista. "I have an 11-year-old son, and I coach his baseball and basketball teams. I'm going pretty much nonstop. I love coaching and that's my passion."

That passion won over athletic director Michael Sibley, who sifted through more than 30 applications.

"One of the biggest things, Marc has been an assistant here 13 years," Sibley said. "He knows where we've been, where we're at and where we want to go. His vision is pretty clear."

Sites was named interim coach after Liberty fired Clarence Vaughn, who went 2-8 in one season.

Sibley and the school narrowed the applicants to six, including one who flew out from Iowa. Four of the candidates were either area coordinators or previous head coaches.

But Sites offered something no one else could.

"There's a comfort level there," Sibley said. "But also, there's a known entity. What I've heard from my parents and kids and staff members is that he was the right choice. Not that those other candidates weren't, but what he was able to sell and show by being here, earned him the position and the offer."

Sites is Liberty's third coach in three seasons. Before him was Vaughn, and before Vaughn was Jaron Cohen, who was in charge for five seasons, compiling a 24-27 record before leaving for Hinkley.

Sites already has the support of Cohen, whom he worked under.

"Big congratulations to one of the best assistants I have ever had, Marc Sites, as he takes over Liberty football," Cohen posted on his Twitter account. "Great hire!"

Sites had yet to address the team, but was looking forward to it, in addition to those other coaching duties.

"Obviously there's lot of work to be done," he said. "But there's a lot of great kids at Liberty, and I'm very, very excited about the possibilities."

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