Nordonia High School’s search for a new varsity football coach is done.

Knights Athletic Director Rob Eckenrode confirmed that Jeff Fox will be recommended to the Nordonia Hills City Schools Board of Education as football coach at the next scheduled meeting Feb. 13.

Fox, 29, served as offensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach at Willoughby South for the past seven years. During that span, the Rebels averaged 35.4 points a game and made four appearances in the state playoffs.

“Jeff is mature beyond his years and an incredibly intelligently guy,” Eckenrode said.

Eckenrode said Fox was chosen from an original field of 60 applicants.

Fox is a 2004 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Young Adult Education.

He teaches advanced-placement calculus at Willoughby South. Because of impending teacher retirements in Nordonia Schools, Fox will also be recommended to teach math at Nordonia High, Eckenrode said.

“We are extremely pleased to recommend Jeff Fox as our new football coach,” said Eckenrode, a 1989 Baldwin-Wallace graduate. “Coach Fox brings tremendous energy, enthusiasm and intelligence to the position and we are proud to have him lead our football program.”

Fox was a two-year starter and was twice named Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference at Baldwin-Wallace.

Fox replaces Al Huge, who resigned in November after four seasons.

Hoban names coach

Archbishop Hoban High School hired Bob Mosher to lead the Knights’ softball team for the 2012 season.

Mosher coached softball at East from 1997-2006, leading the team to five consecutive City Series playoff appearances, two City Series championship games and a Division II sectional championship in 2005. Mosher was also named City Series Coach of the Year in 2005.

“Bob comes to us very qualified and highly recommended,” Hoban Director of Athletics Michael Del Medico said. “His love and knowledge of the game was quite evident to us during the interview process.”

Mosher most recently was a varsity assistant at Mogadore High School.

“Anytime you get the chance to coach a program as storied as Hoban’s has been, that is what coaching is all about,” Mosher said. “I had the good fortune to work with great kids and adults at East and Mogadore and I’m looking forward to continuing at Hoban.”

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