Most new head coaches don’t get a standing ovation when they take over a program, but Keith Thompson is different.
A 2006 graduate of Monache High School, Thompson has been a part of the football community in Porterville for decades. On Tuesday, after nearly 10 years since he began his coaching career, Thompson was named Porterville High’s new head varsity football coach.
“Yesterday I came out, there was a big -- they gave me a standing ovation, so it was nice,” Thompson, 32, said.
Thompson has led the Panthers summer workouts ever since they began on July 1, but having everything become official made him happy.
“They let me take the lead since we started so just getting the official word that I’m the official guy kind of made me happy, made my family happy,” he said. “And then the community’s been supporting me so I’ve got a lot of support from the community so far.”