Jason Krause has been named the new head football coach at Middletown, pending Board of Education approval Monday.
Krause, who has coached Monroe since 2004, succeeds former Middletown coach Ron Johnson, who was named the Canton McKinley coach in late February.
“We are extremely pleased to announce that Jason Krause has been offered the Middletown High School head football coaching position, pending board approval at Monday’s Board meeting,” Middletown principal Dennis Newell said in a statement Thursday night. “His long-term commitment to youth and deep understanding of football will serve our program well. He has high expectations for all student-athletes both academically and athletically.”
Krause, 36, led Monroe to three consecutive playoff appearances, including state semifinal appearances in 2007 (Division III) and 2005 (Division IV).
That success came after Monroe was 2-8 during his first year, 2004.
Krause told the Middletown Journal it was tough to leave Monroe, but said he is looking forward to building new relationships with players at Middletown.
Krause, who previously was the head coach at Dayton Stebbins (2000-2004) and Lockland (1997-2000), will be paid $60,825 to be an Intervention Specialist at Middletown High School, according to a school news release.
His coaching salary will be $6,699 and he will receive $13,428 to coordinate the weight training program for all sports.
“Our goal as an athletic department is to build championship programs,” Middletown athletic director Gary Lebo told the Middletown Journal. “We feel that Jason has the ability to take our program to the next level – to compete for (Greater Miami Conference) championships, make the playoffs and, hopefully, make a run at a state championship.”
Krause was reportedly one of 50 applicants for the position, according to the Journal.
“Anyone in any field wants to be at that top level,” Krause told the Journal. “To coach in the (GMC) with the potential the Middletown community has, I don’t know how you can do any better at a public school in the state of Ohio.”
Krause is married to his wife, Denise, and has four children – Haley, 12, Hunter, 10, Hayden, 8, and Henlie, 2.
Monroe had an 11-3 record last season and was the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division champions.
There was no word on an immediate successor at Monroe late Thursday night. Monroe athletic director John Singleton declined comment.
Middletown (4-6 overall and 2-5 in the GMC) lost three consecutive games to end the 2007 season.
The Middies had wins against Xenia (33-27), Lima Senior (49-0), Oak Hills (27-14) and Hamilton (28-21).