Bob Olwin was named the new Versailles High School football coach Thursday, making him the 15th coach in the program’s 87-year history. Olwin will officially be named coach at the next school board meeting on April 14.
Olwin spent the last 13 years at Sherwood Fairview, going 104-32 and making five playoff appearances. But, it was the rich tradition of the Tiger program that drew Olwin to Versailles .
“I know the tradition of Versailles football,” said Olwin.
Olwin is a native of Springfield and spent some time as an assistant coach at Trotwood Madison.
Olwin noted in the press conference that he had not applied for a job since coming to Fairview and was very content staying at the school. But his family helped pushed him to pursue the Versailles position.
“My own children pushed me the most to interview for this position,” Olwin said.
“I am thrilled to be selected as head coach of the Versailles Tigers. I have driven all over the state to study and watch Al Hetrick and his staff coach. I have studied the tradition because I am a football junkie.”
Olwin replaces Jason Schondelmyer who was went 7-13 in two seasons at Versailles .
Versailles’ Athletic Director Randy Swisher noted Olwin brings more than just winning games to Versailles .
“Beyond the X’s and O’s on the football field, what sold us on Bob is his ability to instill values in our young men, something they can keep after they leave the program” Swisher said.
Olwin was very clear that he is looking forward to using the Tigers tradition as a building block.
“As an innocent bystander I have seen the discipline and the first class behavior as a team ( Versailles has),” said Olwin. “It was those things that forced me to apply for the position.”
At Fairview , Olwin was a passing machine using a no back, five-wide look. Last season his quarterback threw 451 times. It doesn’t appear the Tigers will be taking to the air that much.
“We will adapt our offense to the personnel and I know in the MAC if you are one dimensional you are probably going to get your rear ends kicked,” Olwin said.
Olwin noted in the press conference that he knows and has implemented the run heavy wing-t offense, the same offense the Tigers ran under Al Hetrick.
Olwin was uncommitted to which offensive system he was going to run at Versailles in the upcoming season. He noted will wait to evaluate the talent and move from there.
Defensively there was no waiting. When asked about his defensive philosophy Olwin was very clear in his answer.
“We are going to run the Versailles ’ 4-4 defense,” Olwin said. “I have had success with that defense and it has done great things for Versailles over the years.”
Olwin will teach physical education at Versailles and is looking forward to becoming a part of the football crazed community.
Said Olwin: “I think I am in a place that loves football as much as I do.”