Archbishop Hoban High School hired Tim Tyrrell as its new football coach Sunday.
Tyrrell, a Youngstown native, returns to Northeast Ohio after spending five seasons as head coach at Chaminade-Madonna College Prep in Hollywood, Fla. Tyrrell compiled a 39-18 record at Chaminade-Madonna, including a 13-1 record and a trip to the Class 2B state semifinals in his second season. He resigned from that position in December.
He previously was the football coach at St. Thomas Aquinas.
“Tim is a young man who already has a lot of experience,” Hoban Athletic Director Michael Del Medico said. “He has a lot of enthusiasm. He has coached at two Catholic high schools, which is important to us. We want someone who understands our mission as well as coach the boys to success. He is a guy who has a real positive influence on the boys, both on and off the field.”
Tyrrell was named South Florida coach of the year by the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel in 2009 and district coach of the year in 2009, 2011, and 2012.
Tyrrell replaces Ralph Orsini, whose contract was not renewed after 19 seasons. Orsini compiled an overall record of 131-83, including a 14-10 mark in the OHSAA state playoffs. He guided Hoban to all 10 of its state playoff appearances, including eight years in a row from 1998 to 2005. The Knights’ 2008 and 2009 teams also reached the playoffs.
“Tim has clearly demonstrated that he is a winner, and it was very important that he is a winner,” Del Medico said. “He is following a man who created quite a legacy at Hoban.”
The Knights football team fell on hard times recently, and finished below .500 in each of the past three seasons.
Tyrrell graduated from Youngstown Ursuline High School and Youngstown State University. He played football at both schools, and coached at YSU.
In his time at Chaminade-Madonna, 27 graduating seniors have received NCAA football scholarships with another eight expected to commit on 2013 signing day in February.
“He is a very adaptable coach,” Del Medico said. “He is a coach that takes a good look at what his talent is, and then makes a determination of how he is going to coach his team in terms of the offense and defense that he will run.”
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