Successful Wayne offensive coordinator leaves for Greenon

Brian Blevins faced many high-end challenges as the offensive coordinator during Wayne’s celebrated success as a Division I state football power. And he’ll have another in helping jump-start Greenon.

Blevins has left Wayne after eight seasons as an assistant coach and will look to make similar offensive fireworks with the Knights as their offensive coordinator. He switched programs mainly for the chance to coach with his son, Matt Blevins. He’ll also reunite with a former assistant of his, Greenon head coach Josh Wooten.

»RELATED: Breakout season for Springfield hurdler

Wayne has never won a D-I state championship, but played three state title games during Blevins’ time with the Warriors, 2010 and 2014-15. In all, Wayne has played for four D-I state championships under head coach Jay Minton.

“Jay and I had some long talks,” Blevins said. “Life is short. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something with my son that I gave up to be at Wayne. Jay has always said you’ve got to put your family first.”

»RELATED: Dunbar runs away with Edwin C. Moses title

Blevins is a familiar football figure in the Springfield area. He was a quarterback at Springfield South from 1983-85. His first head coach position was at Yellow Springs. He also was the head coach at Springfield North, East Palestine in northeast Ohio and for seven mostly successful years at Fairmont.

He left Fairmont to become the OC at Wayne in 2010. That coincided with Braxton Miller’s senior season. The soon-to-be Ohio State University quarterback was a key reason why Wayne played Lakewood St. Edward in the D-I state championship that year.

»RELATED: OHSAA commissioner’s run winding down

After Miller, Blevins groomed in succession Wayne QBs Javon Harrison, D’Mitrik Trice, Messiah deWeaver and returning senior Rashad McKee, already a two-year starter. All were outstanding passers.

Wayne was 16-7 in the playoffs with Blevins as the offensive coordinator. In all, Wayne has made 20 big-school playoff appearances – the most of any area D-I program – and has advanced to the playoffs the past six seasons.

“I think I helped solidify some things offensively,” he said.

»RELATED: Sidney standout transferring to Huntington Prep

In contrast, Greenon had lost 31 consecutive games and had won just twice since 2012 when Wooten was promoted from defensive coordinator prior to last season. The Knights finished 3-6, their first season in the Ohio Heritage Conference after leaving the Central Buckeye Conference.

In D-V, Region 20 last season, Greenon has never qualified for the postseason.

“I’ve been truly blessed,” Blevins said. “Greenon could have an opportunity to shock some people.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Baker Mayfield leads Browns to first win in 635 days: Social media reacts
Baker Mayfield leads Browns to first win in 635 days: Social media reacts

The Cleveland Browns got back in the win column after 635 days Thursday. In his NFL debut, quarterback Baker Mayfield, the team’s first overall pick in this year’s draft, brought the Browns back from a 14-0 deficit to beat the New York Jets 21-17. Here’s how people reacted to the win on Twitter:
It’s about time: Cleveland Browns snap 19-game winless streak
It’s about time: Cleveland Browns snap 19-game winless streak

For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns found a way to win. Baker Mayfield showed them how. The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who got two 1-yard touchdown runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 on Thursday night for their first win since Dec. 24, 2016. And so ends Cleveland&rsquo...
HS Roundup 9/20: McCarthy, Lahmon lead Oakwood at SWBL tournament

Tom McCarthy shot a 77 to help the Oakwood boys golf squad pick up a ten-stroke win in the Southwestern Buckeye League Tournament at Beechwood Golf Course on Thursday. Sam Lahmon of Oakwood and Noah Lindsey of Waynesville were named players of the year. Alex Grant joined Lahmon and McCarthy on the Southwestern Division All-League first team along with...
HS Results 9/20: Alter tennis secures split of GCLC

Football Thursday’s Results Miami East 52, Bethel 28 Boys Soccer Thursday’s Results Alter 1, Indian Hill 0 Bellbrook 4, Brookville 0 Botkins 3, New Knoxville 0 Butler 2, Northmont 1 Carroll 2, Springboro 1 Dayton Christian 2, Chaminade-Julienne 0 Eaton 5, Franklin 1 Edgewood 2, Northwest 1 Lebanon 4, Middletown 1 Madison 4, Preble Shawnee...
Reed continues to impress as Reds top Marlins
Reed continues to impress as Reds top Marlins

Cody Reed was strong for the second straight start and Scooter Gennett homered and doubled to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. Reed (1-2) scattered five hits and struck out six in six shutout innings. The left-hander joined the starting rotation Aug. 30 and has thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings....
More Stories