Prep football: Kidwell on agenda to become Fostoria head grid coach

FOSTORIA — It looks like Derek Kidwell may be coming home.
The former Fostoria star quarterback is on the Fostoria Community Schools school board agenda for Monday when they will vote on whether or not to hire Kidwell as head football coach. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held in the high school library.
Kidwell’s contract at Fremont Ross was non-renewed by the Fremont City Schools board of education in December after the Little Giants posted a 5-5 record in 2013.
Kidwell, who inherited a Little Giant program that was struggling, had a successful run at Fremont Ross, posting a overall 61-41 record in 10 seasons as head coach.
The Little Giants won the Greater Buckeye Conference title in 2006 and 2010, and made the state playoffs in both of those seasons.
Fremont Ross had just two losing seasons during Kidwell’s tenure, finishing 4-6 in 2004 and 3-7 in 2012.
Kidwell, who got a strugging Hopewell-Loudon program on its feet before taking the job at Fremont Ross, quarterbacked Fostoria to a 14-0 record and Division II state championship in 1991. He was also selected as the Associated Press’ Mr. Football award winner that season.
Derek played for his father Dick Kidwell, who coached the Redmen to state titles in 1991 and 1996 and runner-up finishes in 1989 and 1992. The elder Kidwell was 174-50-3 in 20 seasons as Fostoria’s head coach (1977-96), guiding the Redmen to 12 Great Lakes League titles during his tenure.



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