Palmer head football coach Duke Dalton is putting together an all-star cast of assistant coaches.

Last month, he added Hank Hollywood, who led Italy to the 1A state semifinals last year, to his staff as his defensive coordinator.

Now, his defense will get an even bigger boost with the addition of a former NFL player on the coaching staff.

Former Waxahachie and NFL player Montae Reagor will take the reins as defensive line and running backs coach for the Bulldogs.

Im excited to just share my knowledge of the game and work on their fundamentals so they will be more sound in the game, Reagor said. I want to see them develop as well as get life skills along the way.

Reagor is disappointed that his first coaching job isnt in Waxahachie, but hes excited to have a chance to coach near his hometown.

Its a shame that they couldnt find a place for me, but Im happy with where Im going to in Palmer, Reagor said. Im going to give them everything Ive got and prove that I can be a great coach.

Reagor graduated from Waxahachie in 1995 and played college football for Texas Tech. He was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos and also played for the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. He interned as a coach with the Eagles in 2011.

This will be his first full-time coaching assignment and he will also be coaching physical education in Palmer.

Last season, the Bulldogs reached the playoffs thanks to wins in their final two games of the season, but suffered a two-point loss in the playoffs to Teague. Reagor thinks the team he has now has the chance to take some big steps forward.

To what I can see, the kids just need to be pushed a little bit more, Reagor said. With all the new coaches that we are going to have on the staff, we are going to bring a lot of excitement and energy. We are going to have a new approach and were going to change the culture of Palmer football.

Reagor has given a lot back to the community of Waxahachie and has used his NFL talents and connections to help the youth of the area. His charitable spirit will help the Palmer team well beyond the gridiron.

Im excited to see the kids put in the hard work and see them excel on game day, but I want to see them grow in every aspect of their life, Reagor said. Im ready to see how they develop each day and really grow as young people.

Reagors first game as a coach is now less than 50 days away as the Bulldogs will open the season Aug. 30. They will scrimmage Italy Aug. 22.