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Swenson Set to Coach National Game Saturday


Valley head football coach Gary Swenson has been chosen as a coach for Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game for more than 14 years, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Sixteen high-school coaches from across the country are selected annually to lead the bowl game’s teams. Coaches for the game are chosen by the U.S. Army Bowl Committee, which also selects the high-school standouts to make up the West and East teams’ rosters. Swenson is part of the eight-person coaching staff for the West squad.

Team practices began Monday. The game kicks off at noon Central time Saturday and will be broadcast on NBC.

Saturday’s game caps off a week of events for participating coaches and players. Swenson and the other coaches will take part in a three-day academy that includes an on-field clinic with NFL and NCAA coaches. The team leaders will also attend seminars on leadership, football and physical development.