Inabnitt bringing his success back to his alma mater

May 11th, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Nick Inabnitt is returning to Goshen and Clermont County.

After an 11-year teaching and coaching career in the Blanchester Local School District, the former Goshen High School standout is leaving Clinton County.

Beginning with the 2007-08 school year he will be an assistant principal at Goshen High.

“I’ll miss Blanchester. Everyone and everything was nice there, but I want to return to my home town where I have strong roots and where I got started,” he said.

Inabnitt, who taught special education for the Clinton county school district, brought fame and glory to the Blanchester football program as the Wildcats won the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division and won their first two state playoff battles last football season. He compiled a 24-10 record as the head coach on the Blan gridiron. He also coached the track and field team and the powerlifting team.

Inabnitt was a three-sport letterman at his alma mater in football, wrestling, and track and field and he also played basketball. He is a member of one of the best athletic graduating classes in GHS history. He was the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Football Player of the Year. Other Warrior FAVC all-stars that year included Jamie Arnold, Charles Fant, Rob Keller, John Lovin, Dean Ramey, Joe Gampfer, Dallas Rise, Dennis Runyon, Gary Spradlin, Darren Huhn, Paul Dunaway (FAVC Wrestler of the Year and a United States record holder), Russell Wilson, and Joey Cunningham. Other FAVC players of the year were Theresa Klump (volleyball) and Charlene Gibson (basketball) and the legendary George Rise, present Blanchester High School principal, was the FAVC Football Coach of the Year.

Inabnitt graduated from Ohio University where he had earned a full scholarship. He played football for the Bobcats at the inside linebacker and nose guard positions.

His first teaching position was at Goshen's summer school immediately after his college graduation. "I'm excited about going back to Goshen. The Goshen School District has done an excellent job on its state report card and the school has excellent facilities and personnel," he said.

"I'll definitely be coaching even if I have to begin as a volunteer on the football staff. I'm looking forward to working with coach (Mark) Slagle and the other coaches. I look forward to helping in the weight room, too."

Mark Slagle, Goshen head football coach and athletic director, coached Inabnitt during his prep days.

"I'm excited about having Nick Inabnitt as a part of our school district in any capacity," said Slagle. "He's one of the best football coaches in this part of the state. I would love to be able to use him as a part of our staff. He is a quality coach and person."

"I want to make a positive impact on the school and community. I'm ready to get started," Inabnitt said.
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