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Little Rock Central will hire North Little Rock offensive coordinator Blake Pizan as its new head coach, the Little Rock School District confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

The recommendation for Pizan’s hiring will be presented for final approval to Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key, who acts in lieu of the school board in the state-controlled Little Rock School District.

“We are pleased to have Coach Pizan join our team,” LRSD Athletic Director John Daniels said in a news release. “We believe he has the talent and commitment to lead the football program at Central, and that he is not only committed to the success of the program, but also the student-athletes he will serve.”

The LRSD added that Pizan, 35, will also teach physical education at Central. He will make a total salary of $58,870, per the LRSD.

Pizan, a Pulaski Academy and Arkansas Tech University graduate, has worked at North Little Rock since 2009. The Charging Wildcats won the Class 7A state championship last season, going 13-0 under Coach Jamie Mitchell.

Central was 2-8 last season under Ellis “Scooter” Register. Register retired in February after a 43-year coaching career, with his last eight seasons at Central.

— Jeremy Muck

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