By Doug Chapin
Boardman High and Mineral Ridge both are in the market for football head coaches for the 2013 season.
Mark D’Eramo submitted his resignation as head coach of the Spartans on Friday, and Joe Stevens did not re-apply for the position at Mineral Ridge.
D’Eramo was hired in May 2011 after 26 years as an assistant coach, including 19 years at Boardman. He led the Spartans to a 7-3 record and a playoff berth in his first season. Boardman lost 29-14 in the first round to eventual state champion St. Ignatius. The Spartans were 4-6 in 2012.
“Basically it comes down to two wonderful years. I was blessed and thankful to the administration for trusting me to take the position,” D’Eramo said. “We won a Federal League championship and put a lot of kids in college. It was a great experience and it is time to move on.”
D’Eramo said he is uncertain whether or not he will continue in coaching.
“I haven’t thought that much about it. I will enjoy my family, I know that. This (not coaching) is new for me, coaching is part of who I’ve been,” he said.
“But you know what, I am a faith-based guy and God has been good to me. I know he’ll have some other things for me to do.”
Stevens did not comment on why he left the position.
The Rams finished 6-4 in 2012, just one spot from the playoffs in Division VI, Region 21. Ridge had 9.9 points in the final computer rankings and Steubenville Catholic Central, which finished in the eighth and final playoff position, had 10.6459.
“The kids at Mineral Ridge are great and I expect them to continue to work hard,” Stevens said. “There is a good group of kids coming back, a lot played as underclassmen. I expect they will do well no matter who is there.”
Stevens said he does not know at this time if he will continue coaching. He was 31-29 in six seasons as the Rams’ head coach in two separate stints.