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Salem football coach search under way

May 22, 2012
B.J. LISKO - Salem News Sports Editor ( , Salem News

In all, 32 candidates applied for the vacant varsity football coaching position at Salem High School. The position became open after three-year head coach Mike Kopachy resigned earlier this spring due to personal issues.

Athletic director Greg Steffey said the school would interview a minimum of three and a maximum of five candidates for the job from a diverse applicant pool.

Salem is coming off a 5-5 season and its first full year in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference. In the seasons preceding Salem made its only two playoff appearances in school history. Kopachy went 22-11 as Salem head coach, and the school hopes to get the right candidate in place as soon as possible to help carry on the momentum of the past three seasons.

Salem returns 19 letter-winners this fall.

Applications came from as far away as Texas, Florida, Nevada and Missouri for the position, but of them a handful stood out as the potential future leader of the Quakers football program.

Of the 32 candidates, five stood out for a variety of reasons, some as much to do with being in-house candidates as the experience of others. Possible teaching positions were also being taken into consideration in the hiring.

In no particular order.

- Charlie Peters

Peters served as linebackers/tight ends coach under Kopachy in Salem. He also is a long-term substitute teacher in the Salem district.

- Tim McGlynn

McGlynn was a head coach at Jackson-Milton from 2008-09 where he went 6-14. He was a Chaney assistant in 2010 and is currently a defensive coordinator at Newton Falls. He also served as a Hubbard assistant coach in 2007, and as an assistant at Austintown-Fitch from 2003-06.

- Ron Johnson

Johnson was head coach at Canton McKinley from 2008-12 where he went 31-16 and made the playoffs in all four of his seasons - one of just five teams in the state to accomplish the feat. He beat rival Massillon three out of four years, and he was the 2011 Stark County Coach of the Year. He served in some capacity at the University of Miami Ohio from 1991-01 where he was running backs coach, special teams coach and recruiting coordinator. He also served as head coach of Middletown from 2005-08 and Westlake from 2001-05.

- Tom Hannan

Hannan was the long-time head coach at Crestwood and overall has 23 years of head coaching experience. At Crestwood from 1994 to 2009 he went 94-71. More recently he's served as an assistant coach at Cuyahoga Falls.

- Dan Kibler

Kibler is a physics teacher at Salem High School. He has also spent time as an assistant coach under Jeremy McElroy at Lisbon High School prior to last season as an assistant under Greg Mattes at East Palestine High School.

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