(Posted Feb. 18, 2021)
On Feb. 16, the Madison-Plains school board approved the hiring of Shane Cahill as the high school’s new varsity head football coach.
Cahill thanked Superintendent Chad Eisler, Athletic Director Brandon Wright and the school board for the opportunity.
“It is an honor to get the chance to build upon the successes Coach (Jason) Hunt and the football program have had over the last eight seasons,” he said. “I look forward to working with staff, boosters, community members, and everyone else that contributes to the experience of playing football at Madison-Plains Local Schools.”
Cahill, a 2009 West Jefferson High School graduate and a 2013 Urbana University graduate, has a long history with the sport of football. At Urbana, he earned three Academic All-Conference awards, one Athletic All-Conference award, and the Special Teams Player of the Year award his freshman season.
He began his coaching career at Mechanicsburg High School as the assistant defensive coordinator, coaching linebackers and wide receivers for three seasons. During his time at Mechanicsburg, the Indians had an overall record of 32-5 with three state playoff appearances, three Ohio Heritage Conference championship titles, and two regional runner-up finishes.
In August 2017, Cahill took the head coaching position at St. Paris Graham. Following a 1-9 record his first season, Cahill continued to push and shape his athletes, reaping the rewards this past season. The Falcons finished as the outright 2020 Central Buckeye Conference champions with a 7-1 overall record, earning a No. 6 seed in the Div. 4 Region 16 OHSAA playoffs. With the success, Graham had 11 first- and second-team all-conference players and the conference’s Mad River division Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback.
“As a coaching staff, we will first share our core values with the team and clearly define expectations,” Cahill said of his plans for the Madison-Plains football program. “The purpose of high school athletics is for student-athletes to have a great experience and to better prepare them for life after high school. We will ensure this through building relationships and having frequent discussions on anything related to our core values.
“From a football coaching standpoint, we will focus on competing in everything we do and paying close attention to the small fundamental details that make up a great football team. Personally, I am very excited to be back in Madison County, and I look forward to competing in the Ohio Heritage Conference. Go, Eagles!”