2014 HS Football Coaching Changes
Campbell Red Devils
New Head Coach: Ed Rozum
Former Head Coach: Mikey Sikora
2013 Record: 3-7 (3-4), AAC National
2013 Points Scored Per Game: 18.0 (51st in Area)
2013 Points Allowed Per Game: 28.8 (47th in Area)
…Campbell has made 8 trips to the state playoffs, six of which were led by coach Ed Rozum. He guided the Red Devils to four 10-win seasons (1986, 1989, 1990, 1999) and 96 victories over three different stints at the helm (1978-81, 1985-91, 1999).
East Liverpool Potters
New Head Coach: Josh Ludwig
Former Head Coach: Rick Precott
2013 Record: 5-5
2013 Points Scored Per Game: 19.4 (44th in Area)
2013 Points Allowed Per Game: 21.3 (25th in Area)
…Coach Josh Ludwig takes over a program which he was a part of for the past two seasons. Last year, the Potters won their final four games to finish with a 5-5 mark. Ludwig is the seventh East Liverpool graduate to take the position as head coach of their alma mater.
New Head Coach: Pat Pearson
Former Head Coach: Nick Cochran
2013 Record: 6-4 (5-2), AAC National
2013 Points Scored Per Game: 41.3 (4th in Area)
2013 Points Allowed Per Game: 22.9 (28th in Area)
…Pearson served as the defensive coordinator of Girard for the past three seasons. A 1999 graduate of Girard, coach Pearson has also assisted at Warren Harding and Youngstown State prior to returning home. Pearson becomes the fifth coach at Girard since 1989 to lead the Indians (Pat Pearson, Nick Cochran, Bud McSuley, Gary Barber, Joe Jeswald).
Mineral Ridge Rams
New Head Coach: Jeff Whittaker
Former Head Coach: Doug Velasquez
2013 Record: 5-5 (2-5), ITCL Lower Tier
2013 Points Scored Per Game: 24.6 (31st in Area)
2013 Points Allowed Per Game: 20.0 (21st in Area)
…Jeff Whittaker will be back on the sidelines this fall to lead his alma mater, Mineral Ridge. Coach Whittaker won 100 games between 1995 and 2011 at Liberty which included 5 post-season appearances (2000, 2004-06, 2008). Prior to his stretch at Liberty, Whittaker guided Centerburg and Conneaut. The Rams will now have their third head coach in as many years.
Warren JFK Eagles
New Head Coach: Jeff Bayuk
Former Head Coach: Dave Pappada
2013 Record: 2-8 (1-3), North Coast White Division
2013 Points Scored Per Game: 21.1 (41st in Area)
2013 Points Allowed Per Game: 30.1 (49th in Area)
…Jeff Bayuk has been in coaching for 36 years, 24 as a head coach. Now he returns to try and redirect a JFK team which struggled to a 2-8 season. Bayuk compiled a 155-94 record during his three stints at Canfield, Hubbard and Campbell. His teams’ have made the playoffs seven times.