Tallmadge and Wadsworth have hired new football coaches for 2016.
Tallmadge Athletic Director Don Seeker announced that Alan Vanderink will guide the Blue Devils, and Wadsworth Athletic Director Brad Musgrave announced that Justin Todd will lead the Grizzlies.
Vanderink accepted Tallmadge’s offer after working under Copley football coach Scott Chouinard as the Indians’ passing game coordinator and special teams and wide receivers coach in 2014 and 2015.
Vanderink is a 2007 graduate of Crestwood High School who served as a captain in football, basketball and track and field. He was named a Portage Trail Conference MVP in football and track and field, and was a Division III first-team All-Ohio running back as a senior.
Following high school, Vanderink attended Kent State on a football scholarship and was a letter winner as a wide receiver, running back and kick returner until a back injury forced him to step aside as a player as a junior. He remained at KSU as a student coach before working as an assistant at Crestwood in 2011 and 2012. He w as the head coach at Burton Berkshire in 2012 for a team that went 4-6, and then served as the co-offensive coordinator at Garrettsville in 2013 before heading to Copley.
Copley featured a high-scoring offense in 2015 and finished the season with a 9-2 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Suburban League American Conference following a Division II playoff appearance.
“We are very excited to announce Alan Vanderink as the next head football coach at Tallmadge,” Seeker said. “Our hope is that coach Vanderink will bring a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to the entire football program from kindergarten through 12th grade.”
Todd is a graduate of East Knox High School and the University of Mount Union, and played football at both schools. He served as an assistant at East Knox, Loudonville and Danville, and was head coach at Loudonville from 2012-2014 and Mount Vernon in 2015.
During his time at Loudonville, the Redbirds qualified for the state playoffs each year and posted a 30-6 record. Loudonville finished the 2014 season with a 12-1 record and ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Division VI regular season state poll. Todd was named Division VI state Co-Coach of the Year.
Todd guided Mount Vernon, a Division II school, to a 5-5 record in 2015.
“Mr. Todd will be a great addition to our Grizzly coaching family, our football program and our community overall,” Musgrave said. “He has proven over time to be a phenomenal coach, whose head coaching career has been filled with much success. We are excited to have Mr. Todd lead our football program.”
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