Ohio loaded with high school football coaching talent

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Cleveland St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle has won 10 state titles. (Photo by Stephanie Porter)

As evidenced by Ohio natives Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer leading their teams to the upcoming BCS National Championship game, Ohio is a hotbed for football coaches. Same goes for the prep level. This past high school football season was one where several candidates made strong cases for the state’s coach of the year honor.


As evidenced by Ohio natives Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer leading their teams to the upcoming BCS National Championship game, Ohio is a hotbed for football coaches.

Same goes for the prep level.

Logan Elm’s Scott Bartholomew was named the 2008 Huntington Bank/Ohio High Magazine football coach of the year recently, but he wasn’t the only one worthy of such praise.

This past high school football season was one where several candidates made strong cases for the state’s top honor.

Here are six more coaches who should be considered finalists:

Chuck Kyle, Cleveland St. Ignatius:
Kyle became the first football coach in history to win 10 state titles when the Wildcats outlasted Cincinnati Elder 28-20 in the Division I state final. Kyle has led Ignatius to all 21 of its playoff appearances and has a career postseason record of 55-11. The Wildcats ended the year ranked in several national polls including USA Today (No. 12) and ESPN (No. 7).

Todd Shulte, Delphos St. John’s:
Shulte worked magic again this year. The Blue Jays went just 2-8 last season but rebounded to go 13-2 and win the school’s fifth D-VI state title. The championship was Shulte’s third as head coach (also won in 1999 and 2005). Oh yeah, DSJ also plays in the MAC.

Dan Reardon, Youngstown Ursuline:
It’s hard to go undefeated. It’s even harder to go undefeated when everyone expects you to – just ask the 2007 Youngstown Mooney team. Reardon though helped guide the Irish to a perfect 15-0 record and the D-V state title with a convincing 21-0 win over previously unbeaten Findlay Liberty-Benton. Ursuline navigated a remarkably tough schedule for a D-V team that included several D-I (Massillon Washington, Warren Harding), D-II (Chardon, Akron Buchtel), D-III (Mentor Lake Catholic) and D-IV (Akron SVSM, Mooney and Canton Central Catholic) schools. The Irish didn’t play a D-V team until the playoffs started.

Jim Miranda, Columbus Eastmoor:
Miranda doubles as the girls basketball coach for the Warriors and led the girls basketball team to a state runner-up finish in 2005. Eastmoor also made the state semis in 2007. This year Miranda guided the Warriors to their first football state final after missing the playoffs last year despite a 9-1 record.

Ed Domsitz, Kettering Alter:
In his second stint at Alter, Domsitz led the Knights to their first state title with a 21-6 win over Steubenville in the D-IV final. Domsitz went 57-19 at Alter from 1981-1987 and then returned in 1999. Since 2001, Domsitz has led Alter to an 89-18 record, eight playoff trips, four state semifinals appearances and two state finals. This season, Alter also extracted revenge on the only two teams to beat it the last three years – Coldwater (regional final) and Steubenville.

Tim Goodwin, Marion Local:
The Flyers didn’t win their third straight state championship, but they did reach the state semifinals for the third straight season. It should also be noted that Goodwin has built the Marion Local football program into one that has over 100 kids in it. The school has 138 boys total walking the halls.

FIVE OTHERS OF NOTE

Lance Schnieder, Clayton Northmont:
Led T-Bolts to seventh straight GWOC divisional title and first in rugged GWOC Central, which produced four D-I playoff teams. Northmont’s only losses were to state champion Ignatius and state runner-up Elder.

Don Hertler, North Canton Hoover:
Led Vikings to Federal League title and school’s first ever state semifinal appearance.

Jim Mayzes, Sylvania Southview:
It took nine years, but Mayzes led Southview back to the state final and this time captured the school’s first title in D-II.

Reno Saccoccia, Steubenville:
Big Red became just one of three programs in Ohio to surpass 700 career wins this year. Steubenville also put together its sixth straight undefeated regular season. Saccoccia, in his 26th season, has coached (318) and won (271) more games than any coach in Big Red history.

Bob Mihalik, Aurora:
Despite a 1-2 start, Mihalilk and the Greenmen rebounded to go 13-2 and win the D-III state championship.

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