(7-16-21) Former Minster Coach Geron Stokes will debut as the new Dublin Coffman football coach on August 20th in Warsaw, Indiana.
In March Stokes announced he was leaving Minster, a D VII school, for D I Dublin Coffman. Stokes had a 71-31 record over eight years as the Wildcats head coach with a pair of state titles and a state runner-up trophy. Minster plays in the Midwest Athlectic Conference (MAC) that as a conference has now won 37 state football titles.
After taking the job Stokes told the Columbus Dispatch–
“Honestly, there are three reasons why I decided to come (to Coffman). First, it was the administration. I couldn’t find anyone that said anything bad about them.
“Secondly, it was the challenge. I was a little nervous about taking the job, and that was good. I always tell our kids to ‘Run to the roar.’ Lastly, Minster is so right, right now. They are going to win titles and they are in a good place. I wanted to leave the program in good shape.”
The Shamrocks under veteran coach Mark Crabtree won the Ohio Capital Conference-Central Division title last season. Coffman finished a pandemic season with an 8-1 record, including an unbeaten (6-0) regular season and two playoff wins in Division I.
When asked about playing Coffman Warsaw Coach Bart Curtis told inkfreenews.com –
“This is a quality opponent, to be sure.”
Curtis was named the 2020 Northern Lakes Conference (NLC) Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to the NLC title for the first time since 2001.
Coffman is the first non-Indiana opponent that Class 6A Warsaw has played in over 65 years and Coffman will be the first ever team from Ohio . The Tigers in the past played two Michigan teams and Mooseheat from Illinois twice.
Warsaw was 8-3 last season losing to Homestead in the 6A Sectional Championship game 30-22.
This game is a one and done deal that is on a 1-year contract. But this should be a game that gets a lot of media attention.
Warsaw, back home in Indiana, will play week 2 at Michigan City, while Coffman will host Cincinnati Turpin.
Long bus ride for the Shamrocks-
No matter what route the Shamrocks will take…it will be a very long bus ride. After that Coffman will stay in Ohio. In past years Indiana schools started a week ahead of their Ohio neighbors, that changed this season with the expansion of the playoffs in Ohio.