Greenon names new football coach

By Linda Collins - Special Correspondent

Josh Wooten

Josh Wooten

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ENON – Josh Wooten has been named the new head football coach at Greenon High School.

The Greenon Board of Education approved Wooten for the coach position during a recent board meeting. Wooten, who is a third-grade teacher at Indian Valley Intermediate School, served as the defensive coordinator for the Greenon Knights football team for three seasons and as an assistant football coach at Fairmont High School for four years. He was also an assistant coach at Centerville High School in 2015 and an associate head coach at Fayetteville-Perry High School during the 2016 season.

Wooten is a 1994 graduate of Springfield Shawnee High School and a 2005 graduate of Antioch University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. He currently resides in Springfield with his wife Carrie and their two sons Kolby and Kaden.

According to school district officials, Wooten, an enthusiastic coach with positive ties to the school district, is the ideal candidate to energize the high school’s football program.

“We are excited to welcome Josh as our head coach,” Superintendent Mr. Brad Silvus stated in a recent press release. “Josh not only has experience as a coach at other schools, but as a teacher at Indian Valley Intermediate School. He has proven that he has the ability to build relationships and make an impact on our students. We look forward to his leadership for our student athletes on and off the field at Greenon High School in the fall.”

The hiring comes at a critical time for the local high school’s football program. Wooten will be taking on the challenge to resurrect the Greenon Knights as he succeeds outgoing head football coach Kevin Ferguson who had a 0-30 record during three seasons. Wooten is hoping to turn around a program that has not had a win since 2012 and since then, has suffered a 31-game losing streak.

The Greenon Knights will also be leaving the Central Buckeye Conference (CBC) League at the end of the 2016-‘17 school year and will join the Ohio Heritage Conference (OHC) South Division this coming fall.

The OHC schools represent the three smallest divisions in Ohio high school football. Currently, Springfield Northeastern High School, the largest school in the OHC, and Greeneview High School are in Division V. Mechanicsburg, North Lewisburg Triad, and West Liberty-Salem High Schools are in Division VI. Springfield Catholic Central, Cedarville, and South Charleston Southeastern High Schools are all in Division VII.

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By Linda Collins

Special Correspondent