Bohren to assist Champion football

Terry Howell is acting like he won the lottery.

When you add a coach to your staff like Bill Bohren, who has nearly five decades of experience, there might be a reason the Champion High School football coach feels that way.

Bohren, who resigned as LaBrae’s coach after last season, has a 288-163-6 record. Besides LaBrae, he’s coached at Ottawa-Glandorf, Steubenville, Lakeview, Boardman, Butler (Pa.), Salem and Niles.

“Getting him was like hitting the jackpot,” Howell said. “He’s an absolute steal, probably the best pickup I could ask for. He’s a player’s coach. Being with him for 13 years, I’ve never had any player that I’ve heard say one negative thing about Bill.

“We sit down and talk offenses and defense and there’s not anything he hasn’t seen or he hasn’t ran or been involved with in the past.”

Howell said Bohren, 78, filled out some paperwork and met with the principals in the district, but he’s not officially hired until the May 13 Champion Board of Education meeting.

“I don’t think there should be an issue about Mr. Bohren being approved,” said Howell, who has coached the Golden Flashes for four seasons.

Howell reached out to Bohren after he left LaBrae.

“We started talking one night and said, ‘I’d like to have you come with us,’ ” Howell said. “As we got talking, he said, ‘Hey, if I don’t find a head coaching job, then I’ll be with you guys.’ That’s kind of where we left it. He went to Lima Bath and did an interview April 12. I talked to him that night and he said he wasn’t going and he would be on staff with us.”

Bohren, who will coach Champion’s quarterbacks and running backs, will help offensive coordinator Rich Palumbo. Palumbo and Howell coached for Bohren at Niles and LaBrae. Bohren said he happy to be coaching with Palumbo and Howell again.

“He was a solid college player and he was a great coach for me,” Bohren said of Howell. “He has a really outstanding knowledge of the game. He handles those kids really well.”

Bohren had some job opportunities on the other side of the state, but nothing panned out for him when he applied at Mineral Ridge and Sharon (Pa.).

“My daughters didn’t like the idea that I’d be moving back to northwest Ohio. So I said no,” Bohren said.

This season, Bohren will enjoy not being the head coach.

“Now, when you hear that stuff coming out of the stands, ‘Hey you bonehead. I know they’re not yelling at me,’ ” Bohren said. “They’ve centered on the head coach. The buck stops with him, not with me.”