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Woodridge hires Jeff Decker to coach football

By Michael Beaven Published: May 2, 2014

Woodridge High School has hired Jeff Decker to be its football coach.

Decker joins Woodridge after serving as a Chagrin Falls assistant for the past six seasons.

“Jeff ran their defense all that time, and was part of two state championship games and one other state semifinal game,” Woodridge Athletic Director Nick Mayer said. “He is a math teacher over there. He taught AP statistics and other math classes. He is a great guy who is kid-oriented. He is a teacher first and a coach second. He is a great role model for our kids and we are excited to have him.”

Decker helped Chagrin Falls make the playoffs in each of his six seasons. Chagrin Falls was Division IV state runnerup two years in a row, in 2009 to Kettering Archbishop Alter and in 2010 to Columbus Bishop Hartley. Chagrin Falls was a Division III state semifinalist in 2011, falling to eventual state champion Youngstown Cardinal Mooney.

Decker takes over Woodridge’s football team after Eric Ervin resigned as coach in March following nine seasons.

Ervin compiled a 56-49 record and led Woodridge to three playoff appearances, in Division IV in 2009 and 2013 and Division III in 2012.

Ervin cited spending more time with his family as a key reason for his resignation. He is an English instructor at Woodridge.

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