UPDATED – 12-3-18
Wauseon head football coach Travis Cooper has resigned.
— Lynn Groll (@LynnGroll_CN) December 3, 2018
In September Travis Cooper was suspended for two games for disciplinary measure for inappropriate actions for using profanity around students.
Wauseon head football coach Travis Cooper has resigned after eight seasons as Indians coach. Cooper was 54-32 overall with two NWOAL titles and four playoff trips.
— Crescent-News Sports (@crescentsports) December 3, 2018
At the time of the suspension (see story below) the Indians were 1-3, they finished the season at 4-6.
Cooper’s letter of resignation to the school board –
When I was brought in by Marc Robinson, Bill Hanak, Keith Leatherman and Bill Gase to teach at WHS and lead the football program, I was given a vision of what they were looking for in a teacher and a head football coach. My vision blended with theirs beautifully, and I promised them that I was going to lead the program back to the playoffs and win league titles. But most importantly, I promised them that I would be an even better teacher than a football coach. We were able to win a lot of football games and make good on those initial promises multiple times, but most importantly with class that highlighted the great young men in our program.
This past Friday, I was notified that the vision of the administration and school board for the football program has gotten to the point where it no longer meshes with mine, Because of this, I am resigning as the head football coach at Wauseon High School effective immediately. This program meant the world to me, and I take great pride in all of the relationships and lifelong bonds I have made with my players and assistant coaches. We had an amazing ride with so many lifelong memories.”
I want to thank all of my past and present players for letting me be a part of their lives and giving me the honor of being “Coach”. I couldn’t conclude this letter without thanking all of my assistant coaches over the years. What an amazing group of men. Going into those Friday night battles are nothing without the men marching out there with me. I want to thank all of the people behind the scenes throughout the school, parent organization, and community who made my job easy. There are too many to name, but know that you were truly appreciated. Finally, I want to thank the district for giving me an opportunity 8 years ago to take the reigns of a program with rich tradition, and hopefully I have added to that tradition.
(9-18-18) Wauseon Head Football Coach Travis Cooper has been been disciplined, following is a statement that was issued by the school district today:
Wauseon Exempted Village Schools has suspended football coach Travis Cooper for two games as a disciplinary measure for inappropriate actions related to his coaching duties. Coach Cooper will not coach during the varsity football games on September 21, 2018 and September 28, 2018.
According to Superintendent Larry Brown, Cooper was disciplined for using profanity around students.
The Indians are 1-3 on the season and lost to Archbold Friday night 35-7. With the suspension Cooper will miss this Fridays’ game with with Bryan and the next week with Liberty Center, both Northwest Ohio Athletic League games.