Monroe athletic director John Singleton recently interviewed five finalists for the vacant head football coaching position.
Each candidate was undoubtedly impressive, but in the end, Singleton was struck by the enthusiasm exhibited by Cincinnati Colerain offensive coordinator Ken Meibers III.
Meibers, 29, was named the new Monroe coach Thursday, pending Board of Education approval on May 27.
Singleton said he wanted to be assured the new coach would provide a “smooth transition” after former Monroe coach Jason Krause left in late April to become the new head football coach at Middletown.
Singleton said he feels confident Meibers was the right fit for the Hornets.
“I loved his energy and his presence,” Singleton said. “He was very impressive in the interview process.”
Meibers had been the offensive coordinator last season at Colerain under head coach Tom Bolden. Meibers had been an assistant the past five seasons overall for the Cardinals' program, which is considered a state and national power.
Meibers, a 1997 Colerain graduate, played football at Findlay from 1997-2001 and was tight ends coach at the college program in 2002.
Singleton said he liked how Meibers worked under former longtime Colerain coach Kerry Coombs, who is now the defensive backs coach at the University of Cincinnati.
“He has learned from the best,” Singleton said.
Meibers, who will teach science at the high school, is well aware of the success Monroe has had in the recent past.
“I am very excited and looking forward to take advantage of a great opportunity,” Meibers said.
Meibers said he is going to evaluate some game tape within the next week and a half and start considering his offensive schemes.
He also said Colerain defensive coordinator Joe Ward plans to join the Monroe staff in the same position.
Meibers said the two have been friends for about six years and are looking forward to working together at Monroe.
The Hornets, which had an 11-3 record last season and were Southwestern Buckeye League-Buckeye division champions, have three consecutive playoff appearances.
Monroe had state semifinal appearances in 2007 (Division III) and 2005 (Division IV).