Stillman begins search for new Oberlin Phoenix head football coach

By Valerie Urbanik -

Athletic director Ty Stillman

Athletic director Ty Stillman

The search is underway for a new Oberlin High School head football coach.

“We’re going to start interviews this week,” said athletic director Ty Stillman.

He has a committee of six parents, administrators, community members, and coaches working with him to select the next Phoenix football program head.

Former coach Michael Law resigned at the end of the season after two years, leaving with a 4-16 record.

Stillman said he has received applications from 10 promising candidates for the job.

“It’s definitely a stronger field than what we had when he hired Mike,” he said. “I think Mike put it in a good place.”

The right coach in Stillman’s eyes is someone who is defensive-minded, has knowledge of strength and conditioning, understands Oberlin, and has knowledge of high school football.

“One of the things I think would be great is someone in the building,” Stillman said. “I would like to get a head coach here with the kids.”

The knowledge of high school football is a key point in Stillman’s search as well because Law had more experience in college football. The athletic director wants someone who can keeps statistics and is very organized.

Stillman said he wants a defensive head coach because he has coached both offense and defense himself. “I would like someone who’s defensive minded because if you know how to stop people it’ll set you up for success,” he said.

A head coach who can stop a team on defense also knows how to hurt a defense on offense by finding its weakness, Stillman said.

Stillman has always been focused on providing Oberlin student-athletes with everything they need to be successful and that is not going to change in this search.

A couple of the candidates do fit what Stillman is looking for but he has to see whether they work for Oberlin, he said.

“I really don’t want to take much time in the whole process,” Stillman said. “I know what I’m looking for and the questions to ask.”

He said a new coach could be hired as soon as the end of the month.

Stillman will also need to hire a new volleyball coach after former head coach Mason Cooley resigned at the end of his first season.

The search for a volleyball coach is expected to begin as soon as Stillman hires a football coach.

“I’m going to go straight to the club coaches,” Stillman said. “There are a lot of good club coaches.”

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

Athletic director Ty Stillman director Ty Stillman

By Valerie Urbanik