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HELENA — The Carroll College football team announced late Thursday night that a press conference is scheduled for Friday morning to announce its new football coach.

One of the top candidates to accept the job is Troy Purcell, a three-year Idaho assistant. He coached linebackers, tight ends and special teams with Vandals.

He's a Helena Capital High alum who coached Bozeman High to state titles and Havre to a state championship.

Legendary coach Mike Van Diest retired at the end of this past season after 20 seasons. Carroll College had won six NAIA national titles and 14 Frontier Conference championships under Van Diest, but the programs suffered four straight losing seasons.

Athletic director Charlie Gross said during Van Diest's retirement press conference that he would have a replacement decided on before school left on winter break. The goal was to get the coach out recruiting for the 2019 class.

The new coach will be the third in the last 47 years at Carroll, and has big shoes to fill. He'll replace Van Diest and Bobby Petrino Sr., who coached from 1971-1998. The duo combined for 366 wins.

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