Charles Carpenter is the new head football coach at Clermont Northeastern High School.
He is very excited about returning to Clermont County where he had previously been a very successful head football coach at Amelia High School in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
“I love being back home again and doing something I love,” said Carpenter. “I love teaching and coaching.”
"When you take over a program you have to have good people at the top and that is exactly what we have here. The superintendent and the principals are all behind us so I know I'm going into a good situation."
Carpenter is the son-in-law of the late Stan McCoy, a legend among Ohio high school football coaches due to his tremendous success at Loveland High School. Carpenter played on the line for him at Loveland from where he graduated in 1968. He was a Class AA All-Ohio selection and an Eastern Hills League all-star.
He played guard and tackle on the college gridiron at Murray (Ky.) State University where he earned his degree in education after serving in the United States Marines in Vietnam.
Carpenter's wife of 40-plus years is the former Joyce McCoy and they are the parents of Chaz (40) and Stacy (39) and the grandparents of five grandchildren.
Right now the new CNE head man on the Rockets' gridiron is having his players condition themselves in the weight room and talking to each of them one-on-one.
"My top priority is to finish filling out the (coaching) staff and to evaluate the kids and then we'll play football," he said. Two assistants already on board are the experienced Steve Thompson and Jason Conley. Carpenter is waiting to fill out his staff before making coaching assignments.
Since his years as the head coach of the Barons, he coached football at his college alma mater and helped begin the football program at Cumberland (Ky). College with former Glen Este High School head football coach Tom Dowling, and then coached in the professional Canadian Football League with the Winnepeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Renegades, Baltimore Stallions, Toronto Argonauts, British Columbia Lions, and Montreal Alouettes. He also coached during the inaugural season of the now defunct professional United States Football League for the Tampa Bay Bandits at the request of Boyd Dowler, former legendary star of the World Champion Green Bay Packers.
Still, Carpenter is at CNE and is anxious to get things going.
"Hopefully we can get the program going in the right direction right away. We will go out thinking we can win and will be taking it one game at a time.
"It's good to be back. I can't wait to break huddle."