Last year in Week 7, Jason Krause was game planning for a game against Camden Preble Shawnee. This year in Week 7 Krause faced Colerain, the No. 1 ranked team in the state and No. 8 ranked team in the country (USA Today). Far different circumstances. All too familiar results. Krause wins.
Last year in Week 7, Jason Krause was game planning for a game against Camden Preble Shawnee. This year in Week 7 Krause faced Colerain, the No. 1 ranked team in the state and No. 8 ranked team in the country (USA Today).
Far different circumstances. All too familiar results.
Middletown snapped visiting Colerain’s 61-game Greater Miami Conference win streak Friday, 42-39, at fabled Barnitz Stadium. The Cardinals had won 35 straight regular season games as well.
This is Krause’s first season at Middletown. It’s not his first miracle.
Krause tends to pull rabbits out of hats wherever he goes. A mixture of football coach and magician. Vince Houdini if you will.
Although his career record is a pedestrian 67-60, Krause goes for shock value.
Hired at age 26 to be head coach at Lockland High School, Krause followed that stint with a stay at Dayton Stebbins. In 2002 the Indians – a consistently struggling program – won four games under Krause. Stebbins hasn’t won more than three in a season since.
Krause went to Lemon-Monroe in 2004 and inherited a program coming off an 0-10 season. That first year the Hornets went 2-8.
In 2005 Krause waved the wand.
Just two years removed from its winless season, Monroe won 10-more games than in ’05 and finished 12-2. The Hornets lost to eventual state champion Coldwater in the Division IV state semifinals.
In 2006 Monroe went 10-2 and lost in the regional semifinals.
Last season, after bumping up to D-III, Krause led the Hornets to an 11-3 record and return trip to the state semifinals. The Hornets again fell to the eventual state champion (Sunbury Big Walnut).
Last season Middletown finished 4-6.
In the off-season former coach Ron Johnson left for Canton McKinley. Krause, who became the Middies third coach in four years, beat out over 50 applicants, including fellow finalist Mike Mauk of Kenton, a coach with two state titles.
Some may have questioned Krause’s hiring and healthy salary ($80,000-plus with teaching, coaching and weight room monies). Others may have raised eyebrows after Middletown started 0-2, losing to stalwarts Elder and Warren Central (IN).
Now, though, with Friday’s monumental win and a five-game win streak, no one is doubting Krause. More than likely they’re celebrating him.
Middletown hasn’t won a league title since 1990, but now sits alone atop the GMC standings as the only unbeaten.
Something else the Middies haven’t done since 1990 is go to the postseason.
That goal suddenly seems attainable too.
“Our goal as an athletic department is to build championship programs,” Middletown athletic director Gary Lebo told the Middletown Journal when Krause was hired. “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.”
Under Krause, that run might be more of a sprint than a marathon.