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Football: A.J. Gass welcomes challenge of Trinity League

April 26, 2013 |  4:41 pm

New Servite Coach A.J. Gass has been so busy looking through resumes for potential assistant coaches that returning phone calls has not been a big priority.

He finally got some time Friday afternoon to talk about the big question many are asking: How will he be able to counter his lack of coaching experience going against the likes of Harry Welch, Bruce Rollinson and Jim Hartigan in the tough Trinity League?

Gass, 37, played professionally in Canada but has never been a head coach. He coached the defensive line and special teams under former Coach Troy Thomas.

"My primary goal is to make sure I surround myself with the right people," he said. "I'm not unfamiliar with the league. I know the coaches, the competition, the level of play. My playing experience has prepared me for high-pressure situations and big games.

"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to be involved with the top coaches in the county, the Southern Section and really in the nation. It's a challenge. I would anticipate when my team takes the field, it will show the hard work was there."

-- Eric Sondheimer