Barnstable has filled its vacant head coaching position, tabbing defensive coordinator Chris Whidden to succeed departed coach Doug Crook.
Whidden, 29, has coached within the Barnstable system since 2006. He had been the defensive boss since 2008.
Crook resigned after the season because of a reported incident where he used profanity to address some of his players after some rifts arose. He was placed on administrative leave before last year’s Thanksgiving game, a 46-14 win over Falmouth in which Whidden coached.
‘‘I’m definitely excited,’’ said Whidden, who will remain defensive coordinator in addition to his new position. ‘‘The way it came about wasn’t the way I anticipated getting it, but (Crook) is definitely a supporter of our staff staying on.’’
Barnstable went 7-4 last year after winning a share of the Old Colony League champsionship in 2009. The offense has been one of the most prolific in the state since Crook’s son, D.J., took over at quarterback. He enters the season with 63 touchdown passes, just 22 shy of the state record.
Whidden, who spent the last two weekends watching the NFL playoffs at the Crook residence, expects him to stick around for his senior year, despite his father’s departure.
‘‘A kid like that is someone you want to keep around the program, not just because he’s a good football player, but the kind of kid he is as well,’’ he said.
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