There were at least 16 new high school head football coaches throughout the area in 2016. Here’s a look back at who landed where.
Bellbrook: Assistant and grad Jeff Jenkins was promoted to succeed Kevin Basinger, who resigned after 19 seasons.
2016 record: 7-3 overall, 3-3 SWBL Southwestern Division.
Bradford: Nathan Hyatt resigned to succeed Greg Bush at Vandalia-Butler; succeeded by Dave McFeely.
2016 record: 3-7, independent.
Catholic Central: Mike McKenna was promoted to succeed Steve Dewitt, who led the Irish for 37 years and compiled a 229-172-4 record. Also retired is assistant Billy O’Neill, who coached the Irish for 40 years. McKenna has been with the program for 24 years.
2016 record: 5-5 overall, 3-4 OHC.
Covington: Tyler Cates resigned after three seasons at Twin Valley South to succeed Dave Miller, who resigned to succeed Andy Aracri at Fairmont.
2016 record: 11-1, 9-0 CCC.
Fairborn: Chris Roark resigned from Jefferson to succeed Roy Thobe, whose contract was not renewed after 14 seasons. Fairborn rescinded an offer to Britton Devier after finding out he was named in a hazing lawsuit.
2016 record: 2-8 overall, 2-2 GWOC American South.
Fairmont: Andy Aracri was not renewed; succeeded by Dave Miller of Covington.
2016 record: 1-9 overall, 0-4 GWOC National East.
Jefferson: Jefferson grad Evan Sawyer succeeds Chris Roark, who resigned to succeed Roy Thobe at Fairborn.
2016 record: 0-10 overall, independent.
Middletown: Lance Engleka succeeds Chris Wells, who resigned after successive 4-6 seasons. Engleka, 45, was a Middies assistant under former head coaches Jason Krause and Troy Everhart and also was the head coach at Twin Valley South in 2011-12.
2016 record: 0-10 overall, 0-7 GMC.
Northwestern: Seth Whiting resigned to be head coach at Alliance; succeeded by Sam Johnson, a 2014 grad who played offensive line at Ohio University. Johnson spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Tippecanoe. He played for his father, Dan, at Liberty Union and was a senior on the Lions’ state semifinal team in 2008.
2016 record: 1-9 overall, 1-3 CBC Mad River Division.
Parkway: Dan Cairns resigned; succeeded by Shane Wellman, who left Vinton County H.S. after one season (3-7).
2016 record: 1-9 overall, 1-7 MAC.
Tecumseh: Chris Cory was promoted from interim to head coach following Kent Massie’s leave of absence/resignation in the middle of the 2015 season.
2016 record: 5-5 overall, 2-2 CBC Kenton Trail Division.
ARROWS COACH DIES: Kent Massie gone at 48
Triad: Payton Printz resigned to join Geron Stokes’ staff as an assistant at Minster. Guided the Cardinals to an 86-72 record and five playoff appearances in 15 seasons and OHC league titles in 2003 and 2013. Succeeded by Joe Cardinal, who comes from Nashville, Tennessee, most recently working as a coach at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn.
2016 record: 1-9 overall, 1-6 OHC.
Troy Christian: Steve Jones was promoted to succeed Steve Nolan, who guided the Eagles for three seasons. It’s the first head coaching position for Jones, previously a receivers and defensive backs assistant at Troy Christian. Nolan took over at Troy Christian after 28 seasons as the Troy Trojans’ head coach.
2016 record: 9-2 overall, independent.
Twin Valley South: Tyler Cates resigned after three seasons to succeed Dave Miller at Covington. Clint Bartlett was named to succeed Cates. Bartlett is the son of former Carroll and Southeastern head coach Steve Bartlett.
2016 record: 3-7 overall, 3-5 CCC.
Valley View: Kris Ketron resigned after four seasons; succeeded by Bob Skidmore, who’s been a Spartans assistant the last 29 seasons.
2016 record: 10-2 overall, 5-1 SWBL Southwestern Division.
Vandalia-Butler: Nathan Hyatt succeeds Greg Bush, who resigned. Most recently, Hyatt is credited with turning around the Bradford football program, growing the team from just 17 players, grades 7-12 in 2014, to 52 players in grades 7-12 for the 2015 season. The Railroaders finished the 2015 season 4-6 and with the second most playoff points in the last 25 years. Prior to Bradford, Hyatt served as the offensive coordinator at CJ (2011-2013), assistant varsity coach at Oakwood (2009-11) and special teams coordinator/assistant at Butler (2000-08).
2016 record: 5-5 overall, 2-3 GWOC American North.