- Dave Jablonski Staff Writer
Marietta’s Andy Waddle, a Greenon and Wittenberg graduate, was named Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year on Monday.
Waddle took over Marietta’s program in 2013. This was his fifth season. The Pioneers were 0-10 the season before he was hired. They finished 1-9 in his first season and then 2-8 in 2014 and 2015.
Last season, Marietta was 3-7. This season, it finished 6-4. It was the first winning season for the program since 2006. Marietta finished tied for fourth in the OAC at 5-4, upsetting No. 24 Heidelberg 44-21 on Oct. 21.
Waddle, a 2003 Wittenberg graduate, was an All-North Coast Athletic Conference defensive back for the Tigers. He spent eight seasons as a coach at Wittenberg on Joe Fincham’s staff, the last seven as defensive coordinator.
In 2009, Waddle coached a unit that led all divisions of college football in scoring defense and total defense.
Waddle is the first Marietta coach to be named OAC Coach of the Year since Todd Glaser in 2004.