Alder grad named London head football coach

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(Posted May 30, 2014)

By Amanda Amsel, Staff Writer

The London school board unanimously approved the hiring of a new head football coach, Kyle Cutler.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kyle to the program,” said Jim Wolverton, athletic director. “Kyle’s intensity for the game, as well as his integrity will make him an excellent coach.”

The district received 23 applications for the job, including one from an individual in Texas.

A 2003 graduate of Jonathan Alder High School and a 2008 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Cutler has played football his whole life. In high school, he was an all-Ohio linebacker. In college, he played linebacker.

“He also was a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Toledo and for the past couple of years has been a defense coordinator for our program,” Wolverton said.

Cutler, 30, is one of the youngest head football coaches the London program has ever had.

“I think my age will be a benefit because I can identify with the problems players face today,” Cutler said. “I understand social media and know about the temptations kids can come across at this age… I hope they will feel like they can talk to me because I can relate to what they are going through.”

A selection committee of teachers, community members, school board members, administrators and student-athletes ultimately chose Cutler. Administrators hope the can reinvigorate the program. In the past few years, the team has had more losses than wins. In 2013, the team’s record was 3-7.

“We hope Kyle will turn these young athletes into men,” Wolverton said. “By teaching them honesty, integrity and respect for the game, we hope he will make them better people and better football players.”

Cutler started the job May 13 and said he looks forward to what the future holds.

“I value this community and am excited that I can give back through football,” Cutler said. “I hope I can bring back the London tradition and hopefully win some games.”

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