VINCENT - When Anthony Fish was hired as Warren's new head football coach, it was something of a homecoming.
Fish, who plans to move to the area from Athens County with his family, became familiar with the Washington County area in the early 1990s when he attended Marietta College for about a year-and-a-half before enlisting in the military.
"Somehow, I always knew I'd be back here," Fish said.
Fish takes over a Warren team that has went 5-5, 4-6 and 3-7 each of the last three seasons. He comes from Alexander High School, where he worked with wide receivers, defensive backs and assisted the defensive coordinator. Fish was very grateful for the opportunity.
"In football, these kids spend so much time with the coaches, probably more time than with their own parents," Fish said. "For the school to have faith in me to be that guy is very humbling."
For Fish, it is his first head coaching job, but as he points out, he's "been a head coach for soldiers and police officers" for awhile now.
"I've been a first sergeant in the army for five years," he said. "That's very much like being a head coach."
Fish, a 1989 graduate of Zane Trace High School, said he will meet with his new team for the first time next week. Through game film, he is already somewhat familiar with what he will be working with in the fall.
"There are some athletic players coming back, more than I first realized," Fish said.
Rather than come in with a specific set of schemes to run, Fish first wants to analyze the personnel and figure out what styles are best-suited for his players.
Defensively, "I've run everything over the last several years," he said. "I haven't seen all the players. Here's what I can tell you. We're gonna line up, pin our ears back and we're gonna hit you."
Fish wants to focus more on the defensive side of the ball and build a team that is tough to score on. He said he will implement an offense simple enough for his players to grasp quickly.
"We're gonna stress hard work, determination, all that stuff," Fish said.
"We're gonna put a lot more emphasis on the defensive side of the ball. We're gonna get better at tackling and doing the little things. I think that's where games are won."