By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Madison Cruisers are looking for a new head football coach as Bryan Schoonover resigned from the position effective Jan. 6.
“I decided to step down because of family reasons,” said Schoonover. “Also, with a lot of our staff retiring, I felt it was the right time to step away and let someone else take over as the head coach. It was my honor to coach the Cruisers!”
Schoonover was Cruiser head football coach for seven years after serving 11 years as an assistant coach. In his seven seasons as head coach, his teams compiled a record of 29-44. This past season he led the team, which finished 10-3, in winning the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division championship as well as progressing to the Division 1 regional state playoff game.
“Coach Schoonover has dedicated the last seven years of his life to Cruiser football,” said Groveport Madison Athletic Director Steve Petros. “He’s had extreme highs and lows and we are thrilled that he was able to end his career on a high. At this point he is ready to rearrange his priorities in life, which we all understand. I don’t think people realize the time it takes to run an athletic program. He is a Cruiser for life.”
Schoonover said one of the things he loves most about coaching is practice.
“The games are always exciting and fun to be a part of, but I really enjoyed watching how hard our kids worked to get ready for a Friday night game,” said Schoonover. “To be honest, being the head coach at Groveport has always been a childhood dream of mine. So for the past seven years I got to wake up everyday and live out a dream. It’s truly been special and something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
When asked if he has any plans to coach again in the future, Schoonover said,
“I absolutely plan on coaching again. We are a football family and we bleed red and black. My wife and kids want me to continue to coach as well. We just need to take care of some things currently and then I will jump back into it.”
Petros said the search has begun for Schoonover’s replacement.
“We will look for someone who is a good fit for Groveport Madison.” said Petros. “We need someone who is highly organized and is fully committed and can build relationships with our athletes. I am hoping to begin the interview process in February. Right now I don’t have a date set for a final decision.”