Hinton: “This is a new challenge for me and the only place I would leave Amanda for…”

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Chillicothe Cavaliers

One of Ron Hinton’s biggest regrets didn’t happen on the football
field. It came from being on the football field, not being able to
watch his two daughters participate in extra-curricular activities at
Chillicothe City Schools.

Hinton won’t have to worry about that with his four grandchildren.


One of Ron Hinton’s biggest regrets didn’t happen on the football field. It came from being on the football field, not being able to watch his two daughters participate in extra-curricular activities at Chillicothe City Schools.

Hinton won’t have to worry about that with his four grandchildren.

The long time Amanda-Clearcreek head coach told his team earlier this week he was resigning to take the same position at Chillicothe.

“I wasn’t there for parents night for my daughters or to watch them compete in volleyball and cheerleading because I was always up at Amanda coaching,” Hinton said. “That’s one of my biggest regrets, and I want to watch my four grandchildren in their activities at Chillicothe.”

Hinton posted a 250-82-3 record at Amanda-Clearcreek and led the Aces to two state championships, three state runner-up finishes and eight regional championships in 29 seasons at his alma mater.

But Hinton called this past season, where the Aces rebounded from a 3-7 record in 2008 to go 11-1 and make the playoffs for the first time since 2006, as one of his proudest.

“I had a great senior class and a great group of kids overall that helped our comeback season,” Hinton said. “I felt better moving on, because I couldn’t leave the program in much better shape.”

Hinton, Logan Elm head coach Scott Bartholomew and former Waverly coach Derek Dewitt were the three finalists for the job.

“This is a new challenge for me and the only place I would leave Amanda for,” Hinton said. “I’ve watched some coaches that have been at programs for too long.

“I felt their program got stale, that it wasn’t as effective as it had been in the past. I didn’t want to slide down the pole and overstay my time at Amanda.”

Hinton will be introduced on Monday at a Chillicothe City Schools Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

The Kingston resident, 58, takes over for Bill Davidson, who retired after a 1-9 season in 2009.

“I’m starting over again teaching,” Hinton said. “I like to think we perfected a teaching style at Amanda, but we’ll have to introduce a teaching style at Chillicothe and build the program up.”

Hinton will be assisted in the endeavor by Jeff Arndt, a long-time assistant who will rejoin Hinton at Chillicothe after a stay at Reynoldsburg.

“I’ve been blessed to have great players and great coaches over my career,” Hinton said. “My next step is to get a coaching staff together to teach our kids and get to work.”

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