Steve Dahlheimer has been chosen to be the new head football coach at his alma mater, Bethel-Tate High School. The new head honcho on the Tigers’ gridiron is a 1987 graduate of the school where he had been a three-year letterman in the sport. He replaces Adam Szabo will be returning to his alma mater, Anderson High School, to coach.
Dahlheimer is a well-known and well-respected institution in his hometown. He has coached youth football in the community for six years and has been on the staff (mostly as head coach) of the junior high school grid program for four seasons.
In addition to his football leadership prowess, he is equally well-known at home for his being a martial arts instructor at Universal Tae Kwon Do, a business he owns in Bethel. He is a fifth degree black belt and a national champion in this field.
Dahlheimer believes the motivation and skills required in football and Tae Kwon Do are similar and can go hand-in-hand.
Dahlheimer has enjoyed good success on the junior high head coaching level.
During his playing days for the Fighting Tigers he was blessed to share skills with some very talented gridiron gladiators who were also uniformed in Red and Gray the likes of Eddie McMahan, Jon Chapman, Brian Balash, Wayne Stacy, Troy Carnahan, Rob Brumley, Rick Rorick, and Tim Ryerson.
Dahlheimer has been formulating plans to get his charges prepared for their and his new beginning.
"I want the kids to believe in themselves. We have to develop team strengths both physically and emotionally," said the Fighting Tigers' new head taskmaster. "We want them to believe that there is no limit to what they can do if they give their greatest effort every time.
"We have a great bunch of kids coming up. They are very coachable. We're going to be small, but this is a quality group of kids."
Returning to the Tate Township turf will be such standouts as this season's juniors Cody Sauer (a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star last year), Sean Adams, and Tommy Collopy. Among those lost through graduation this year are stellar seniors Jeremy Johnson, Zach Howard, Derrick Gullett, Cory Roberts, and Josh Kilgore.
Dahlheimer is very excited to be working with a staff of assistants who were standouts in their prep days on the Clermont County gridirons. "They are a hard-working group and very dedicated."
The Fighting Tigers staff consists of Bill Wiseman who graduated from Amelia in 1968 where he was a Clermont County League all-star and went on to play baseball at Ohio State.
Duke Duncanson graduated from Batavia were he was an all-star gridder.
Jamie Dahlheimer who graduated from Bethel-Tate where he starred on the gridiron.
Duane Toney who graduated from Goshen where he was an all-leaguer.
James Hubbard who graduated from New Richmond where he was all-league and played at Wilmington College.
Shannon Smith, a graduate of Williamsburg and a former conference all-star.
Wiseman's coaching responsibilities are offensive and defensive line; Duncanson's are linebackers, running backs, and special teams; Dahlheimer's are running backs and defensive backs; Toney's are offensive and defensive line; Hubbard's are offensive and defensive line and defensive coordinator; and Smith's are receivers and defensive backs.
"I'm very excited to have this opportunity to coach varsity football at my alma mater," Dahlheimer concluded. "I'm very anxious to get started."