Ron Ogden has been named as the new head football coach at Williamsburg High School. He replaces Jim Pope who was an all-star gridder at Williamsburg from where he graduated in 1972.
Ogden will be very busy from now until after the end of football season. He also serves as the school’s athletic director.
Ogden is a 1966 graduate of Loveland high School where he played and starred under legendary head coach Stan McCoy. After high school graduation he served three years in the United States Army. From there he attended and graduated (1974) from Wilmington College where he played on the Quaker gridiron.
He began his football coaching career as an assistant at Loveland High and then moved to assist at Hillsboro High School. His first head coaching job was with the Bearcats of Paint Valley High School in Ross County, Ohio.
He went on to become the head coach at Blanchester High School and later assisted at Wyoming and Batavia high schools before becoming the athletic director at Williamsburg.
The new head pigskin taskmaster of the Wildcats is not worried about the two demanding jobs he will be filling at the same time.
"It'll be fine. No problems," said the Olive Branch resident who has 34 years of football coaching experience. "I have the knowledge and I want to help the kids. I want to get the program turned around and going in the right direction.
"We will be able to do this through hard work and the development of spirit and pride. We've got the attitude and the ability."
Ogden is a staunch believer and supporter of building spirit and pride. Since having been the leading supporter of this writer in beginning a Williamsburg High School Sports Hall of Fame, the student-athletes at 'Burg have shown an increased interest and desire in returning the entire Wildcat athletic program to its winning ways.
"I'm excited for the kids and myself. I'm looking forward to it," said Ogden. "We have a good class of 14 good seniors coming back."
Included among that number are some gifted gridiron gladiators the likes of quarterback/defensive back Cody Watson, running back/defensive back Jerrad Turner, running back/linebacker Cameron Shaw, offensive back/defensive end Josh Ross, quarterback/safety Ben Meisberger, offensive and defensive tackle John Lynch, wide receiver/defensive back Alex Jenkins, and running back/defensive back Jesse Graham.
Ogden has two assistant coaches hired already. Herb Mihalik of the legendary family of Loveland sports fame will be the offensive coordinator and Jeff Lorenzo, a football assistant at Bethel-Tate last year and who teaches at Fayetteville, will be the offensive line coach. There will be at least one more assistant coach hired.
He mentioned his appreciation to Williamsburg Schools Superintendent Jeff Weir and the board of education for its confidence and support of selecting him to the head football coaching position.
"We can win some ball games next season. I hope for a big year this year. A lot depends on how much and hard they work over the summer," Ogden said.