Apple Valley High School stayed in-house to hire its next head football coach by appointing Chad Clendening to the position Tuesday.
Clendening has been on the AVHS football staff since 2000 and has been defensive coordinator since 2009. He is a graduate of Apple Valley High School and Augsburg College and currently teaches physical education at Valley Middle School.
He also is head wrestling coach at Valley Middle School and has been a lead coach in the AVHS conditioning program.
Clendening replaces Mike Fritze, who retired from his teaching and coaching positions at AVHS in November. Several weeks ago, Fritze was named an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
In 2012, Apple Valley finished 8-3 and reached the state Class 5A quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Totino-Grace. That was Apple Valley’s best record since 2006, and the 2013 team is expected to have as many as 80 juniors and seniors on the roster.