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Plano High School would like to announce the hiring of Rick Ponx as our new head football coacPonx brings a wealth of coaching experiences and knowledge with him to Plano High School at both the collegiate and high school levels.  

At the college level, Ponx has served as Special Teams and Defense coordinator as well as the head coach. During his tenure at Aurora University from 2013-2018, he served as the head coach where he compiled a 20-28 record. In 2016, Rick was named Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference “Coach of the year” where he had a 6-4 record, including a 5-1 record in the conference (tied for first).

From 2007-2012, Ponx was at North Central College, where he served as the assistant head coach (2007-2012), Defensive Coordinator (2010-2012), Offensive Line Coach (2005-2009) and Defensive Backs Coach (2004, 2010-2012). He was the 2012 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Assistant Coach of the Year finalist, and coached top 10 nationally ranked defenses in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In his nine seasons at North Central, the team made the NCAA Division III playoffs seven times with an 84-20 record, including a 31-6 record while he was defensive coordinator.  

Ponx served in a variety of coaching roles at Ohio Northern from 1988 to 2003, including five seasons as the Offensive Coordinator (1996-2000) and three seasons as the Defensive Coordinator (2001-2003). In his time at ONU, he helped turn the program into a top 10 nationally-ranked program with back-to-back NCAA Division III playoff appearances in 1999 and 2000.

In 2013, Ponx coached at Naperville Central High School as the defensive assistant and helped guide the team to a state championship. He has also coached at Downers Grove North and Willowbrook High Schools.

Rick currently resides in Oswego with his wife and children.

According to Plano athletic director Jim Schmidt, “Rick will bring a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to our program.   We had over 25 applicants for this job, and after an extensive search, we are extremely lucky and honored to land a coach with all of his accolades & expertise.”