What do Centerville, Springfield, Middletown and even Carroll high schools all have in common? Their varsity football programs all need head coaches.
The openings at Springfield, Middletown and Carroll all coincided with the demise of those programs’ lack of on-field success.
Eric Gillespie brought vigor and hope to Springfield. But his two seasons resulted in consecutive 1-9 records. The only win this season was a season-opening forfeit defeat of Trotwood-Madison.
Springfield hasn’t won on the field in 16 games over two seasons. Gillespie resigned and plans to remain at the school in a teaching capacity.
“To be honest, we had a multitude of off-the-field things that prevent you from winning, just a multitude of them,” Gillespie said after he submitted his resignation last month. “That was probably the most disappointing part in a lot of ways. We weren’t able to get those things right and do all the things we needed to do to be successful.”
Troy Everhart couldn’t maintain the Middie Magic, also posting a 1-9 record this season. Ironically, that lone win was 35-13 over Springfield in Week 2.
Middletown was 30-5 and in the playoffs from 2009-11. Everhart led the last three Middletown teams, but oddly was missing for this season’s regular-season finale. He soon announced that he had resigned.
Longtime Carroll coach Bob Levy also couldn’t maintain the success that former coach Steve Bartlett had. In three seasons as the head coach Levy’s Patriots were 4-6, 2-7 and 2-8. This past season ended with a shocking 70-14 setback at Fenwick. He retired from coaching soon afterward.
Ron Ullery was not retained last week after 14 seasons as Centerville’s head coach. The Elks were 8-3 this season, losing in the first round of the Division I playoffs.