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Kent Roosevelt names Tim King football coach

By Michael Beaven Published: May 30, 2014

Kent Roosevelt High School announced on Friday the hiring of Tim King to be the Rough Riders head football coach.

The announcement is pending approval by the Board of Education in June.

King takes over for longtime coach John Nemec, who recently resigned and accepted a position with the University of Akron football team as Director of Player of Personnel on Terry Bowden’s staff.

King is a former position coach and defensive coordinator with Kent Roosevelt and has also coached at the college level as a defensive backs and outside linebacker coach for John Carroll University, where he attended during his playing career. King was a three-time lettermen and two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference player.

King is currently a member of the Kent Roosevelt faculty.

Nemec was at Roosevelt for 38 years, serving as school’s head football coach for 29 years. He was also an assistant football coach for six years under Ed Becker and athletic director for three years at Roosevelt.

Nemec, 68, posted an overall record of 231 wins, 113 losses and three ties in 33 seasons as a head coach. He coached Wapakoneta for four seasons and went 29-10-1. He coached Roosevelt for 29 seasons and compiled a record of 202-103-2.

The Rough Riders went 9-2 this past season and won the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division championship and played in the Division II playoffs.

Roosevelt has reached the playoffs in six of the past eight seasons. Becker guided Roosevelt to the playoffs in 2006 and Nemec led teams to the playoffs in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Nemec served as the Roosevelt football coach for 23 seasons during his first stint. He was an assistant to Becker for six seasons and then was coach the past six seasons.

Nemec retired from teaching social studies 12 years ago following a 33-year run.

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