Stow-Munroe Falls High School announced the hiring of Tom Phillips as its football coach on Monday.

Phillips was the director of player personnel on the University of Cincinnati staff in 2017 after serving as the head coach at Pickerington North High School for the previous 10 seasons and compiling a record of 70-39.

Phillips has a career mark of 91-48 as a head coach, and his teams won or shared conference titles in 2007, 2012 and 2013, qualified for the state playoffs four times and reached the Division I state semifinals in 2012. He served as president of the Central District Football Coaches Association from 2013-2014, and was named the CDFA Division I Coach of the Year from 2011-2013.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Phillips and his family to the Stow-Munroe Falls High School community,” Athletic Director Cyle Feldman said in a news release. “We were looking for a coach who could take our program to the next level, and the district team targeted a number of criteria. We have found that leader in Coach Phillips.”

Mark Nori resigned at Stow in January to become coach at Olentangy Berlin. Nori posted a record of 60-29 in eight seasons (2010-2017) as Bulldogs coach, and his teams made the Division I playoffs in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The 2015 team went 13-1 and was a state semifinalist.

Phillips, a three-time Ohio Capital Conference coach of the year, was an assistant athletic director at Pickerington North from 2007-2011 and was the Pickerington Community School administrator from 2011-2017.

Prior to Pickerington North, Phillips was head coach at Bexley from 2004-2006, going 21-9, and also working as the district’s drug and alcohol prevention coordinator.

His resume also includes serving as dean of students at Westerville North and Mercer Area (Pa.) from 2002-2004 and 2000-2002, respectively, and being an assistant coach at Westerville North and at Boardman.

“Stow-Munroe Falls is a great school community at large with high expectations academically as well as athletically,” Phillips said in the release. “Based on evidence, Stow knows how to win. As a coach, I always strive to place great emphasis on self-motivation, goal-setting, self-discipline and communication. Once the players develop and embrace certain traits, the result will be winning championships.”

Phillips, a native of Youngstown, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron in 1983 and a master’s degree from Ashland University in 1995.

Norton picks Pollock

Pending school board approval on March 12, Norton High School will name Kevin Pollock as its football coach.

Pollock will lead the Panthers program after a two-year stint as coach at Strasburg-Franklin High School. The Tigers were 6-14 under Pollock, who also was an assistant athletic director and a head track and field coach.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the Norton football program,” Pollock said. “Norton has always been a community that values athletics and understands the importance they play in a student’s life, and we think it will be a perfect fit for what we try to do and what we believe.

“I am excited to start meeting our kids and getting to know them so we can start building this thing together. I am very thankful for the chance.”

Pollock, 26, is a graduate of Mogadore High School (2010) and the University of Akron (2014). He played football and baseball at Mogadore and was the school’s salutatorian.

“From the moment we met Kevin, we realized we had a bright football mind talking with us,” Norton Superintendent Dana Addis said. “He has a strong vision for the simple components that winning football teams accomplish. He lived in a winning football community, and understands that relationships, expectations and execution of what works is what is needed. I’m excited to introduce Kevin to our student athletes, their families, and our community.”

Prior to Strasburg-Franklin, Pollock coached at Mogadore as a football assistant, a baseball assistant and the softball head coach.

“During the interview process, Kevin’s energy, enthusiasm and vision for the football program was impressive,” Norton High School Principal Ryan Shanor said. “We look forward to having him lead our football program to great success on the field and to help our young people become responsible adults in our community.”

Pollock takes over at Norton following the resignation of John Tanksley last month. Tanksley compiled a record of 22-38 in six seasons.

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829.