Dan Scholz is the new head football coach at New Richmond High School. He replaces Gerry Reardon.
Scholz comes to the river town from the very successful Colerain High School gridiron program where he served as the inside linebackers coach and the coordinator of the Cardinals’ special teams for the past seven years.
During his own high school career as a Greenhills Pioneer he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball before graduating in 1986. He attended Indiana University at Bloomington his first two years of college and finished his college career and earned his diploma at Miami (of Ohio) University. His major was physical education.
The new head taskmaster of the Lions has been pleased and impressed from what he has seen of his charges thus far.
“They’ve done everything I’ve asked of them. They have done a fastastic job (this summer). I’m very proud of them. These kids are very hard workers. We’ve been working on the strength program which is very important. I want all of the players to be as strong as they can possibly be.”
Scholz has had the opportunity to meet with the athletic boosters and other people and committees of the community and he has liked what he has seen so far. "The transition has been going very well," he said. "The facilities are incredible, they're tremendous. I am very pleased."
He has been so pleased with what he has learned of New Richmond and Clermont County that he has moved to the New Richmond Exempted Village School District with his wife, Kathy, and their five children - Danny (13 years of age) and Kevin (12) who will be attending the New Richmond Middle School, and Eric (10), Cooper (8), and Morgan (5) who will be attending the Locust Corner Elementary.
In addition to his football duties, once the school year begins he will be teaching physical education and health in the high school.
A trio of New Richmond graduates makes up more than one-half of his coaching staff.
On hand this year will be Ben Bird, a New Richmond Sports Hall of Fame member and former Southern Buckeye Conference grid all-star, who will coach the offensive line and the linebackers.
Greg Hawkins, a former Clermont County League grid all-star, will coach the offensive and defensive backs, he was a three-sport lettermen during his prep career at NRHS.
Chuck Warden has football head coaching experience. He was a head coach at a couple of local highs. The Lion hall of famer returns to his alma mater to be the offensive coordinator.
Tony Peterson will coach the outside linebackers and freshman team. He has been the varsity assistant coach for the Red and Black for several years.
Tom McOwens is new to New Richmond. The Anderson High School grad will coach the defensive and offensive lines and the ninth grade squad.
"I couldn't be more happy with the staff we've got. We will always push the kids to be better players and people," Scholz concluded.