ENON — If the Greenon Local School District was looking for a glass-half-full kind of football coach, they may have found him in former Knights assistant coach Kevin Ferguson.
Despite two consecutive frustrating 1-9 seasons under two head coaches, Ferguson is looking at the upcoming season as a chance for his players to set the bar for future generations of Knights football teams. He’s already roaming the halls of Greenon High actively encouraging students to go out for the football team.
“People look at the 1-and-9 record, but we were playing our best football at the end of last season. That win over Benjamin Logan, that was a big victory for us,” Ferguson said. “We’ve got a good core coming back. I’m meeting with our potential football players on Tuesday, and the one thing I’m stressing is that we need to get out there and build this program. Our goal is, by the time June 1st rolls around, by the time school lets out, is to have 55-60 kids committed to this program.”
Ferguson said his no. 2 goal is to get those same kids into the weight room over the off season. Ferguson, by the way, will also oversee the Greenon weight room as part of his job duties. He teaches art at the high school.
“Mr. Ferguson has worked with the Greenon football team through his work as a teacher and an assistant coach and we are pleased to have him as our new head coach,” said Principal Rick Newsock in a statement. “As a dedicated educator and coach, I know that he will help shape our students into fine athletes on the field and, most importantly, fine young adults off the field.”
The 32-year-old Miami University grad relishes the opportunity to build the Greenon Knights program. He said he’s been telling the students that they have the chance to be the Greenon players who first got the ball rolling, who first set the standard of excellence on the football field.
But he also wants to create better student-athletes and citizens, on and off the gridiron.
“I met with the board last night, and I’m in the process of telling my staff right now, I’m still building my staff, obviously you want to win, but my philosophy is that, when a kid leaves our football team, I want him to look back and say ‘I was a better person for the time I spent with coach Ferguson and the Greenon team.’”
Ferguson replaces Dave Miller, Sr. who stepped down after one year due to family health issues. Ferguson and his wife, Ashley, currently reside in Kettering, but are looking to move to the Enon area sometime soon.