YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – We are 5 weeks away from the start of the high school football season. This year there will be plenty of new faces on valley sidelines.
In fact, four of them will be a head coach for the first time ever.
Liberty’s Chet Allen is taking over his alma mater this year: “It’s awesome because I went to school here and I’m an alumni from here and I grew up around these facilities and this place and know exactly what it’s all about,” Allen said.
Wellsville did the same by adding 1986 graduate Derrick Spann. “It’s going wonderful, kids enthused, coaches enthused, community’s enthused but kind of hard to get a little practice in you know with the rain, but we’re getting it in, we’re getting it in,” Spann said.
Leetonia hired long-time assistant Hadi Hadi. “I’ve been looking to be a head coach and here I am. Leetonia needed somebody, I was looking for a small school district that I thought I could fit in and make a difference and i’m here. I’m here to make that difference hopefully,” he said.
Last but not least, Michael Demster will take over at United this season. “It’s an opportunity that I’ve been waiting for for a long time. I’ve worked really hard to get to this point and you know to come into a school like this with such great tradition, great stability, great community support has been very exciting,” Demster said.
The high school football season kicks off Thursday August 27th.