WORDEN — Just a couple weeks before high school football camps break across Montana, Huntley Project has a new head coach. Sort of.
Jay Santy is back in charge after Guy Croy stepped down in mid-July. Croy had led the Red Devils for seven years but said he closed his run after philosophical differences with the administration.
The Huntley Project school board voted Monday night to re-hire Santy, who has coached just about all things Red Devils throughout his career. Before becoming head football coach in his first go-round, Santy was an assistant under three separate coaches at the school, including Jim Stanton when the Red Devils won the state title in 1998. Santy was also the head boys basketball coach for seven years, an assistant boys basketball coach, an assistant track and field coach and, for the past two years, Huntley Project's head girls basketball coach. Naturally, he also spent some time in the school's athletic director role.
As head football coach, Santy at one point led the Red Devils to 24 straight wins and consecutive state titles in 2008 and 2009.