This week, it was announced that Mineral Ridge football coach Joe Stevens would not be reapplying for the position as coach of the Rams. This then always leads to the classic off-season high school football question - who will take over?
As of this week, Mineral Ridge is the only vacant coaching position in Trumbull County. LaBrae had one up until this past week, but announced on Monday that Viking assistant John Armeni would be taking over the LaBrae program after Bill Bohren stepped down after nine seasons.
When it comes to Mineral Ridge's coaching search, the school could go a number of ways. The first step is to look within the staff. But if that doesn't work, the next step is to see who around town is looking for a job. A few names come to mind that could be heard.
BILL BOHREN: The veteran coach said when he left the LaBrae program this year that he was looking for a new challenge. While I don't consider Mineral Ridge a challenge in terms of rebuilding, this is a team that already has the pieces in place that Bohren could take to the next level.
Out of all the people looking for jobs this year, no one will bring a bigger resume to the table than Bohren. The man has been a head coach for 47 years, with stops at eight different schools and owns a record of 288-163-6.
And don't let his age fool you. The 78-year old still has the fire in him, and could do a lot with a potent returning roster for the Rams.
If it's experience that Ridge wants, Bohren, hands down, is the man.
JIM PARRY: The former Mathews coach has been keeping a low profile since leaving the Mustangs in 2008. Parry was an assistant at LaBrae under Bohren up until this past season, but when a coaching vacancy pops up, his name is always brought up in talk. Probably because he is a quality coach that can run a program.
Does he want the job? That's for him to decide. But Ridge would be getting a coach that has experience - seven years at Mathews - has a good knowledge of the game and still has some years of coaching in front of him.
BRAD YEAGER: The Niles graduate didn't have it easy during his three seasons with the Red Dragons. Niles expects to win every year, and Yeager was taking over a team that was rebuilding. Not to mention he was a first-time head coach - that always takes a learning curve to be able to build the program you want.
Yeager is young and I'm sure still has the itch to get back into the coaching field. With Mineral Ridge being a smaller school (Division VI) without the expectations of making a state run every season (the last time the Rams advanced to the playoffs was in 2005), this could be the great fit for Yeager to make a name for himself, away from his alma mater.
No matter who takes the Ridge job, that person will be taking over a team with a wealth of talent. Quarterback Jonathan Baker threw for 1,212 yards and 12 touchdowns this season and Josh Goss returns his 116 tackles to the defense. Then there is Devine Redding. The running back makes opposing coaches drool because of his speed and athleticism. This past season, he rushed for 1,110 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averaged 10.1 yards per carry. Any potential coach would love to get his hands on that kind of talent.
No matter who gets this position, they will be walking into a team that can win immediately.