Scott Chouinard, 33, will make his debut as the Copley High School football coach Friday night in a familiar place.
Chouinard will guide the Indians to his alma mater, Kent Roosevelt, for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Chouinard played at Roosevelt and also recently coached on the Rough Riders staff.
Chouinard was 32 when Copley hired him and turned 33 on April 20. He graduated from Kent Roosevelt in 2000 and from the College of Wooster in 2004. He played quarterback for the Rough Riders and also for the Fighting Scots.
“I was associated with Kent football from ages 8-18 and 25-32,” Chouinard said. “I had a lot of fun at Roosevelt. We had some pretty good success making the playoffs in five out of the past six seasons.”
Chouinard also served as an assistant at Northwestern High School for five seasons as he finished his college education.
Here is a preview capsule for the 2014 football season:
League: Suburban League. 2013 record: 4-6, 1-6.
Coach: Scott Chouinard, first season. Coach’s record: 0-0.
Players to watch: Jonny Karam, Sr., MLB-RB; Aulden Knight, Sr., RB-WR-CB; Nick Gigliotti, Sr., C; Peyton Flasco, Sr., LT; Christian Burke, Sr., DT; Arman Samouk, Jr., DT; D.J. Johnson, Sr., WR; Chris Brown, Sr., WR; Hayden Neal, Jr., CB-QB-WR; Jaylon Doss, Soph., CB-WR; Daniel Ester, Jr., WR; Morgan Burt, Sr., DE; Sam Renner, Sr., G; Tyson Smith, Jr., LB.
Copley returns three starters on offense and five on defense
“I like this team,” Chouinard said. “I like the way we work and the attitude. I really enjoy the kids we have. I came in and they didn’t know me from Adam. They did a great job working in the off-season. The downside is with eight returning starters, we are inexperienced and young kids will play vital roles. But that is also exciting for a coach. You get to see their improvement.”