Dover's search for a new football coach concluded Monday night when Eric Lam was approved by its school board to take the position.

A former head coach and standout athlete at Dallastown, Lam, 36, is already familiar with his new program. He teaches math at the high school and served as defensive coordinator and running backs coach on the 2011 team that shared the YAIAA Division II championship.

"He interviewed very well," athletic director Rich Leathery said. "He works in the building already, so he's familiar with the kids and the program. We just think he's going to do a great job with meshing with the kids."

Lam inherits a program that looked to be on the upward under coach Bill Miller, whose contract as football coach was not renewed after a 4-6. Next year's team is likely to return many players from that squad, which was an inexperienced contrast from the 9-2 team that qualified for the District 3 playoffs in 2011.

Running backs Logan Ambrose and Isaiah Green combined for about 1,450 yards as a junior-sophomore tandem.

Tuesday marked Lam's first day on the job, something he did not waste. The new coach said he's under way with pursuing assistants for his staff. His position as a math teacher at the high school, where he's in his third year, allowed him to immediately talk with prospective and returning players.

"Coaching is just an extension of the classroom," Lam said. "To have that relationship with them already that's why you get into what we do."

As for what kind of offense and defense Lam will run at Dover, he said that is still up for debate and will be until he completes a staff and conducts formal player meetings.

"We're throwing around different ideas," he said. "First, we want to sit down with the kids. It's that old cliché thing where it doesn't matter what we run, but we want to get the kids behind it."

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