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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Football coach and athletic director Ryan George will leave Tell City at the end of this school year to become the head football coach at Goshen, Ohio, High School.
George, a 1990 Tell City graduate who starred in football and track for the Marksmen, returned to Tell City three years ago to become the Marksmen’s football coach.
Two years ago he also became the school’s athletic director.
His wife, Karen, looked for a job at a college in this area, as she works in attracting foreign students and helping to set up American students to study overseas.
The closest job she could find was at the University of Dayton, Ohio, which she accepted in December.
Now she and Ryan are expecting their first child and “I didn’t want to be an absent father,” he said Wednesday.
So he accepted the position at Goshen, a school with 700 students about 45 minutes from Dayton.
He said it wasn’t an easy decision to leave his alma mater, though. “It was tough for me talking to the kids (about it). Everybody’s been great to me here.”
George was Tell City’s third football coach in three years when he took over and he inherited a team that had only seven upperclassmen and had gone 2-8 the year before.
He compiled a 12-18 record in his three years, including 6-4 last fall—the team’s first winning season in seven years and only the second one in 12 years.
He said the highlight of his time here was “just being able to work with the kids and seeing them grow, and seeing the program get back on solid ground.
“We didn’t get to accomplish everything we wanted to, but I think it’s a more attractive position than it was.”
He said he will be involved in choosing his successor “to some extent. I’m putting a list together for (Tell City Principal Brad) Ramsey and contacting people to gauge interest. If someone has Tell City ties, that’s a good place to start.”
As for his current staff, he said, “I don’t know if anybody will be interested.
“We just want to make sure we get the right person here for the kids.”
Ramsey echoed that sentiment.
He said he has “no timetable” for hiring George’s successor but “the sooner the better for me and for the kids. We want to get someone in place before the end of the school year, but we want to make sure we get the right person.”
He said he didn’t know if one person will be hired as football coach and athletic director or if two people will be hired.
He said the school will have teacher openings in art and sciene and technical education.
As athletic director, George said he was “very pleased with some of the coaches we’ve hired, and they’re all good teachers.
“I think the department is better off than it was, and that’s not a knock on anybody.”