When the Aces open their football season in late August against
Bishop Hartley, Amanda-Clearcreek will have a new face as its head coach
for the first time in three decades. But it will be a familiar face.
AMANDA — When the Aces open their football season in late August against Bishop Hartley, Amanda-Clearcreek will have a new face as its head coach for the first time in three decades.
But it will be a familiar face.
The Amanda-Clearcreek Local School District Board of Education approved defensive coordinator Dale Olney as the school’s new head coach on Monday.
“This is a great opportunity for me to try my hand at being a head coach,” Olney said. “I’m really excited, but I also realize that it is going to be a big challenge to follow (former head coach Ron Hinton), who had a lot of success with this program.”
Olney takes over the helm of the program after Hinton, who coached at his alma mater for 29 seasons and led the Aces to two state titles and three state runner-up finishes, left in January to become head coach at Chillicothe.
Olney has been with the program for 12 years, spending time in the middle school program and at the high school level as defensive line coach and last season as defensive coordinator.
Following a 3-7 season in 2008, Olney became the third defensive coordinator in three seasons. The Aces rebounded to go 11-1 last year and clinched their first playoff appearance since 2006, led by a defense that shutout five opponents.
“We never went beyond our own house with the search,” Amanda-Clearcreek athletic director Larry Herges said. “When there is a person of Dale’s caliber with most of our coaching staff returning, there was no need to go outside.
“Dale is one of the best defensive minds in our area, and he will keep this program in good shape. He’s a quality person and teacher of the game.”
When Hinton accepted the Chillicothe position, Olney said the remaining coaching staff came together to talk about the future.
“We talked as a coaching staff of somebody off the staff who would be a good fit for the program,” Olney said. “This is a great opportunity with a program with a lot of tradition.
“It was also important that we changed as little as possible to keep the kids comfortable beyond the few little things I’d like to do.”
Olney believes expectations will remain high for the program.
“This is a program that has a lot of tradition and expectations every year, and we want to shoot for the playoffs and see how far we can go,” Olney said. “We have a lot of good kids coming back who have been working hard.”
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