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(2-16-18) Shawnee will make it official at its next school board meeting (2-20-18) as they will be hiring a familiar face to head their football program in the fall, Jerry Cooper.

For the last four seasons Cooper has been the Head Football Coach at Seymour, Tennessee, where he was 15-27 overall (2-8, 7-4, 5-5 and 0-10), his best year was in 2015 when the Eagles went 7-4 and went to the 4A playoffs.

Cooper comes back to Ohio with a 235-77 record having coached six schools in the past (Lucas, Waynesfield, Hicksville, Bath, Columbus Grove and Lima Central Catholic), including a D VI OHSAA state title in 2003 at Columbus Grove.

It will be Cooper’s second round in the Western Buckeye League, after a successful run at Bath.

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Cooper replaces Frank Crea who resigned after two seasons at Shawnee where he was was 5-15 and finished the 2017 season with a 4-6 record, including a one-point loss to St. Marys 35-34, the Roughriders went 9-0 in the WBL.

Crea was the defensive coordinator at Lima Senior for three seasons before taking the job, he replaced Jon Carpenter, who resigned after one season with an 0-10. record.