Former North Little Rock head coach Brad Bolding announced Monday that he will return to the sidelines this fall as head coach of the Little Rock Parkview Patriots.
Dismissed by North Little Rock in 2015 for violating inventory and purchasing procedures and recruiting rules, Bolding is excited about the opportunity to revamp the Patriots, who finished 2016 with a 1-8 record under interim coach Kenny Stephens and have not had a winning season since 2009.
"I'm a program builder," Bolding said. "That's the way I am. My brother [Pine Bluff head coach Bobby Bolding] is one as well as my dad [former high school coach and Conway athletic director Buzz Bolding]. It's a process that I'm really excited about. There's a lot of potential there."
Bolding's hiring is sure to shake up the Class 5A Central conference, which features three-time state champion Pulaski Academy as well as tough competition from Sylvan Hills, Little Rock Christian and Little Rock McClellan.
"There are players and kids that are walking the halls and streets of Little Rock that need to have themselves out there playing football," Bolding said. "It's not going to happen overnight. You have to have that foundation as strong as you can so when you get it going, it stays there."
Bolding coached at North Little Rock from 2007-2015. He has previously worked Mayflower, Rogers, Greenwood and the University of Arkansas at Monticello.