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Idaho State hires Charlie Ragle as the program’s next head football coach

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - A new era in Idaho State football began Friday as ISU hired Charlie Ragle to be its next head football coach.

Ragle comes to Idaho State after spending five years as the special teams coordinator at Cal Football in Berkley, California. Prior to working at Cal, Ragle was the special teams coordinator at Arizona from 2012 to 2017. He also served as head coach in Arizona at Chaparral High School where he achieved a 63-7 record and the program was nationally-ranked in the top 50 from 2007 to 2011. His team won the state championship three years in a row from 2009 to 2011.

"Today's a new day for ISU football," Ragle said during a press conference on Idaho State's campus. "The past is just that, it's not about where you've been, but it's about where we are going as a program and a university."

Ragle said he made the choice to come to Idaho State because of the vision presented to him by President Kevin Satterlee and Athletic Director Pauline Thiros.

"We will win here at ISU," Ragle said. "When you watch us play, you will see a team that is smart and tough. You will see a team that won't beat itself. You will see a team that plays with a passion so infectious, you can't help but get behind us," he said.

President Kevin Satterlee added that he knew right away Charlie Ragle was the right coach to lead the team.

"When I talked with Coach Ragle," Satterlee said. "I came away from our interaction knowing he was going to be the person to take our Bengal football program to the next level."

Ragle and his wife, Carrie, have a daughter and son.

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The former head football coach, Rob Phenicie, was let go on November 20 after the last game of the season against the Idaho Vandals.

The Bengals finished the 2021 season with a 1-10 record. Phenicie compiled a 16-35 overall record in five seasons as head coach. Phenicie said, at the end of the day, the Bengals needed to win more games during his tenure.

"I know I had to be a better head coach," Phenicie said. "And the university, I think they need to move forward, and I can't be upset at the decision because bottom line is you got to win games, and when you don't do that, there's going to be a change at the top and that starts with me."

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