West Platte named Centralia’s Jim Newsted its head football coach March 13th. Newsted expresses what it meant to lead Centralia football after 18 years as an assistant.

Newsted guided the Panthers for three seasons. Centralia football ended 10-1 with an undefeated regular season and Clarence Cannon Conference championship last year.

Newsted discusses the future of Centralia football.

Newsted replaces West Platte football coach Paul Thomas, who previously coached Marceline. West Platte finished a combined 4-27 the last three seasons.

Newsted assisted Erle Bennett on Centralia’s 2003 state championship team. The Newton, Kansas native details what he inherits at West Platte.

Newsted also coaches Centralia track and field, and he accepted West Platte’s boys track and field job.