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2019 Football Coaching Changes

By Steve Byrd - GLICOD Producer

The upcoming football season is not only one of change for teams that have moved up, down and around in districts and sections throughout Kentuckiana, but also one of change on the coaching front.

Three of those coaching changes are in southern Indiana, starting with Jeffersonville.  With Brian Glesing leaving the Red Devils after a 2-8 season to take the vacant job at Paoli, a winning program by comparison, one of his assistants, Isaac Parker steps in to replace him.  That makes 3 different head coaches in as many seasons at Jeff., yet hopefully an opportunity for a newcomer like Parker to improve on last year's finish.

Up the road, in Sellersburg, two other schools are facing the challenge of new head coaches who each sport unique credentials.  Dave Papenhaus, who replaces athletic director John Dablow as the Silver Creek Dragons' head football coach, has made his return to that school, where he had been an assistant just a few years ago.  Papenhaus has also been an assistant at Clarksville, Jeffersonville and, as of last season, Charlestown, who open their schedule against the Dragons on August 23.

Nearby, at the private Rock Creek Community Academy, Rob Kerr will be their new head coach, stepping in for Brian Rotenberger. Kerr comes in with a decade's experience as a defensive coordinator at East Hardy High in Baker, West Virginia.  Given those credentials, Kerr could be one to take a program that is entering its second season of playoff eligibility to that proverbial next level.

Meanwhile, whatever happened to Sean Coultis?  The former New Albany head coach, from 2015 and '16, who spent two years since coaching defense at Bolingbrook High in Illinois, has just taken the head position at Evansville Central.

Across the river in Louisville, several high schools have already changed head coaches, including last year's Kentucky 2A champion CAL Centurions.  Like Stefan LeFors, who went back to his native Baton Rouge, his replacement, Hunter Cantwell, also played quarterback with the Univ. of Louisville.  More recently, he had been a head coach at Carroll County, preceded by a quarterback-coaching job at Campbellsville University.

Rob Reader, who took Moore to their best season since 1980, and was named Coach of the Year by the Courier-Journal, decided earlier this month to fill a head coaching vacancy downstate at Marion County High in Lebanon.  It was a move made out of convenience, since Reader lives 12 miles north of the Marion campus, as opposed to a nearly 50-mile drive to Louisville.  While Reader's replacement has, as of this writing, not been named, we should note that Moore and Marion Co. will both be in the same district, 4A-3, with the Mustangs hosting the Knights on Oct. 25.

Other head coaching changes reported so far in Louisville include Keith Eckloff, fresh off his run as offensive coordinator for the 6A champion Male Bulldogs, going to Seneca, who haven't won a game since 2016; 10-year Atherton head coach Kenny Walker going over to Shawnee, which has a 5-year losing streak to break; Anthony White replacing Walker at Atherton; Tye Lawson moving from Eminence to Waggener, where he played football; and Male high alum Donte Ellison promoted from assistant to head coach at Iroquois.



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