Eric Prior begins first season leading Groton football program

GROTON, N.Y. — Eric Prior makes his head coaching debut tonight as he looks to lead the Groton Indians to their first win of the season against Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour.

Prior, of Cortland, is entering his fourth season as a staff member of the Groton varsity football program. Prior to that, he coached junior varsity football at Cortland High School.

"My mentality is to be firm, fair, and consistent to these young men, and to let them know that I am someone they can trust. We have a family-like atmosphere. If they have any issues, they can talk to me," Prior said.

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"Groton has a great tradition of football here. I'm proud to be in my first year as a head coach," he added.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. tonight at Ross Field.