OTTAWA — In 17 seasons as the Ottawa-Glandorf head football coach, Ken Schriner’s teams have won 127 games and lost only 65, advancing to the playoffs eight consecutive years.
But this edition of the Titans accomplished something no other Ottawa-Glandorf team was able to do: Finish the regular season with a 10-0 record.
Schriner’s 2012 Titans took the Western Buckeye League crown and finished 12-1 as regional finalists. For his guidance throughout the season, Schriner has been named the Lima News Dream Team Coach of the Year.
Schriner played high school ball at Tiffin Calvert where he was named all-state defensive end his senior season.
He then went on to play on the offensive line at Bowling Green from 1984 through 1987. The Falcons were undefeated in 1985 and went on to play in the California Bowl.
That background as an offensive lineman has transferred to how the Titans play football, using a strong running game behind an outstanding offensive line. Bur for Schriner, his coaching philosophy is about more than just football.
“Work hard and do things the right way,” Schriner said, describing his philosophy. “I try to influence the kids in a positive way.”
Schriner says he spends much of every offseason trying to develop a motto for every team and this years’ team motto was “Beyond the Whistle.”
“I want the kids to be great people as well,” Schriner said.
Knowing he had an experienced group of players returning this season brought high expectations for the Titans.
“The challenge this year was taking a group of experienced seniors and getting them all on the same page,” Schriner said. “We felt our offense would be good but our defense has started to shine.”
If there was a turning point in the season, Schriner felt it had to be Ottawa-Glandorf’s game against Elida. The game was played in the mud and rain and the Titans trailed late 13-6 when they got the ball back. They then went on to score and convert a 2-point conversion to grab a 14-13 victory.
“That game showed the kids what we were capable of,” Schriner said.
Ottawa-Glandorf standout senior running back Tristan Parker talked about what it is like to play for Schriner.
“He’s an intense guy that expects you to be better everyday, he gets after you to get it done,” Parker said. “Coach emphasizes that everything we do should be our best, not just in football.”
Mix together Schriners’ football background, coaching philosophy and expectations of his players and the result this season was impressive.