ST. GEORGE The Dixie Flyers selected offensive line coach Andy Stokes as its new head man to replace Blaine Monkres, who recently took the job as offensive coordinator at Dixie State University.
Stokes joined the Flyers’ coaching staff in 2008 as part of the freshman team before moving up to the varsity unit in 2011 as the offensive line coach. He served in that position the last four seasons, contributing to Dixie’s two state championships in 2012 and 2014.
“I’m excited and I’m nervous and all of those above,” Stokes said. “It’s a humbling experience. To be a coach in this region is incredible because I’m surrounded by great head coaches.”
Stokes said he hopes to continue the tradition and dynasty created by Monkres.
“I’m coming in after one of the best coaches in the state of Utah I’ve ever seen,” Stokes said. “I want to keep the same direction as Coach Monkres and continue his legacy. Coach Monkres is a mentor of mine, and he’s been doing it so well for so long.”
He said he wants to keep things as consistent as possible with both the offense and defense. Defense coordinator Wayne Alofipo remains in the same position to keep the defense going the same direction, and offense will run much of the same schemes implemented by Monkres, Stokes said.
Stokes played in the NFL as a tight end for the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks — drafted in 2005 by the Patriots. He attended Dixie College and William Penn University, majoring and psychology and sociology.
“We are excited to continue the strong tradition of Dixie High Football with Andy,” Dixie Athletics Director Mike Bair said. “He has very good assistant coaches that will assist him where needed. Dixie High will continue to develop young men into upstanding young adults that carry on the traditions of Dixie High.”
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