Kyle Harmon is realizing one of his dreams.
The 2003 Elida graduate has been named the new coach of his alma mater after the Elida School Board of Education approved his hiring Thursday.
“I’m excited and this is a job I have been looking forward to ever since I played here,” Harmon said. “I played here in 2003 and something I was hoping and looking forward to during my coaching career and it finally happened. I couldn’t be more happy.
Harmon, who teaches health and physical education at Elida High School, was an assistant coach at Elida from 2005 through 2015, including a 2-0 stint as interim head coach during the 2015 season.
In 2016, he was a finalist for the head coaching position at Elida but Bill Speller was selected for the job. Harmon replaces Dan Lattimore, who served as the Bulldogs’ interim head coach the final seven games of the season. Lattimore took over after Speller announced his resignation from the post on Sept. 26. Speller was placed on administrative leave Sept. 16 amid allegations of misconduct from several football players.
Harmon spent the last two seasons as the pass/outside run game coordinator at Wapakoneta High School. In that time frame, the Redskins finished 20-4 overall and won back-to-back Western Buckeye League titles.
Elida finished 0-10 last season. Coming into the 2010 season, the Bulldogs were 16-15.
Harmon said his first order of business will be meeting with the players on Friday and hire a coaching staff. Harmon added that being an Elida guy described this as the right fit for him.
“Right now it is just comes down to recruiting the hallways and getting the numbers back up,” Harmon said. “The numbers have been down. There are plenty of athletes walking the halls who should be playing and then getting them in the weight room. We start on Monday and a team meeting tomorrow and hopefully we fill it up.”
Being his first head coaching job, Harmon knows there is plenty of work ahead of him and he is excited about the challenge.
“It is all about getting a good staff that you can trust and that are overall good people and putting them in place,” Harmon said. “If you are going to have high expectations of the kids you have to have high expectations of coaches as well. I am eager to get started.”
Harmon points to the two head coaches, former Elida head coach Jason Carpenter, and current Wapakoneta head coach Travis Moyer as major influences in his approach to coaching. He said Carpenter got the Elida program turned around from where it was and he brought a hard work mentality where the players were respectful and responsible and that translated into wins..
Harmon added that he learned a lot of lessons under Moyer who he described as one of the best coaches around and hopes to bring some of that to Elida.
Harmon describes his coaching style as an “over-coacher.”
“I coach every play and I like to be in the kids’ ear,” Harmon said. “I like to ask them questions and I like my coaches to be on point. There is never a play that we are not coaching.”
Schroeder resigns from Allen East
HARROD — Allen East varsity football coach Wes Schroeder has resigned.
“His wife has accepted a new position in Columbus, and he will be supporting his wife in her new role,” according to athletic director Jackyn Smith’s email.
This past season, the Mustangs tied Spencerville and Columbus Grove for the Northwest Conference championship and went 9-2 overall, qualifying for the Division VI playoffs. He was named The Lima News and conference coach of the year and the district D-VI coach coach of the year.
In Schroeder’s first season at the helm in 2018, Allen East went 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the NWC.
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