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updated: 4/17/2014 8:15 PM

Pardun in place as Hersey's head coach

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The defensive coordinator from last year's playoff-qualifying football team at Hersey will have the program's top job this fall.

Joe Pardun has been named the seventh football head coach in Hersey history. He follows Dragan Teonic, who finished 17-20 over four years and led the program to a Class 7A playoff appearance last fall.

"Joe's defense is fun to watch, because they play fast, physical, energetic football," said Hersey athletic director Steve Messer said in a statement from District 214. "We expect Joe to bring these qualities to the entire football program along with dedication, enthusiasm and character."

Pardun has had a role in the program for the last 14 years, including the last nine as defensive coordinator.

"It's an honor to be named a high school's head football coach," Pardun states, "but it is a privilege to do so at a school that I am so invested in, and that has such a great tradition and high expectations for the success of its student athletes."

Hersey earned a share of the Mid-Suburban East championship last fall for its first experience with finishing atop an MSL division in football.

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