(4-21-23) Veteran Head Football Coach Jerry Cooper has been named the new head football coach at Hardin Northern.

Cooper has been Shawnee’s Head coach for the past five seasons. His best season was in 2021 when the Indiana made the playoffs and went 7-5 on the season.

Cooper is nearing the 300 career win mark, he presently has 273.

Cooper has been the head coach at Lucas, Waynesfield-Goshen, Hicksville, Bath, Columbus Grove, Lima Central Catholic, Seymour (Tennessee) and Shawnee. Cooper has won a D VI OHSAA state title in 2003 at Columbus Grove

In 2022 Hardin Northern was was 5-2 in the Northest Central Conference (NWCC) and 6-5 overall. He replaces Travis Rettig who has been the Polar Bears head coach for the past four seasons.

Hardin Northern Hires Local Football Coach Jerry Cooper

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Cooper was approved as head coach at the April 20th Hardin Northern Local Schools BOE meeting –


Apr 20, 2023 – Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Approve the Supplemental Positions.

Recommended Action

Approve the following supplemental positions for the 2022-2023 school year and 2023-2024 school year pending them receiving all necessary requirements in accordance with board policy and OHSAA regulations as presented.
2022-2023: Karissa Hartzell – 5th Grade Overnight Trip Advisor, Kelly Settlage – 5th Grade Overnight Trip Advisor, Gail Hoffman – 6th Grade Overnight Trip Advisor, Erika Uitto – National Honor Society Advisor
2022-2023 VOLUNTEER: Duane Hastings – Softball Coach
2023-2024: Jerry Cooper – Head Football Coach, Erika Uitto – Assistant Volleyball Coach, Jared Thomas – Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, Brady Mast – Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, Tim Nichols – Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Jared Thomas – Student Government