UPDATE (1/30): David Faulkner was introduced as the McGill-Toolen head football coach Monday morning inside the Yellow Jackets’ gymnasium.

News 5 was at the high school and spoke with Faulkner, who talked about his plans in year one with the Yellow Jackets.

“One thing you should know about me is I am a tireless worker,” said Faulkner. “I am going to give everything I have to McGill-Toolen High School and this football program and this school.”

Faulkner emphasized the student-athlete as well. The former West Virginia staffer said he will “doing everything he can to assist the student-athletes be successful, not just on the football field, but academically and spiritually.”

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — McGill-Toolen Catholic School announced David Faulkner as the Yellow Jackets new head football coach. Faulkner comes to McGill-Toolen from West Virginia University where he spent the last two years as a special assistant to head coach, Neal Brown.

Faulkner is no stranger to the Gulf Coast having spent three years as the Fairhope head coach from 2009-2011. Faulkner led the Pirates to a 28-9 record and three straight playoff appearances.

Under Faulkner, Fairhope set a school record for points in 2011. Faulkner led the Pirates to a No. 4 ranking during his first season in 2009.

WKRG’s Simone Eli spoke with Faulkner Monday afternoon and discussed his time with the Pirates.

“Every Friday night, every game day, you’ve got to be ready to play,” Faulkner said. “You’ve got to go out there and be able to compete against outstanding players in very good coaching staffs in communities that love their team and get excited about Friday night, man. I just cherish my time I had a Fairhope what a great experience that was for myself and my family.”

Faulkner also talked about the expectation at McGill-Toolen:

“You are leading one of the top programs in the state of Alabama, not just in the Mobile area and you want to do a good job for them and you want to do your best and give the young men in your program an opportunity to be successful, and to build something that the school and community can be proud of, so yeah, there is some of that pressure but it beats the alternative where there is no pressure.”

His Alabama high school coaching experience includes stops at Enterprise, Foley, Hoover, Alma Bryant, and Prattville. Faulkner was named the Alabama High School 7A Coach of the Year in 2016.

Faulkner replaces Norman Joseph who was fired last month after two seasons as the Yellow Jackets head coach.

“I am just really looking forward to getting back down in Mobile,” said Faulkner.