By DAVE HANNEMAN
NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore will be looking for a new head football coach next season with the announcement this week that Greg Bishop would be stepping down from the position.
“I just felt it was a point in time for me to pursue other opportunities closer to where I work,” said Bishop, an educational technology teacher at Tiffin Middle School.
When Bishop took over North Baltimore’s program in 2013, the Tigers were coming off a seven-year run of losing seasons that resulted in a 14-56 overall record.
Bishop’s first team went 2-8. But his last two have gone 5-5 and included the school’s transition from the Midland Athletic League into the Blanchard Valley Conference.
“My first year we had 20 kids out. This past season we had 37,” said Bishop, who brought to the program a high-octane spread offense that saw the Tigers usually finish among the league leaders in total yards and points per game.
“We were doing things the kids would see on Saturday (college games). Kids want to do similar things. The big thing was getting the kids to buy into it, and it really helps when the kids talk up each other and the program.”
Bishop also worked at generating interest and participation at the lower levels.
“We got a new weight room. We got new helmets. I feel we did a lot of good things at North Baltimore,” Bishop said.
“Hopefully those things carry over for the next person to use.”
Bishop said he’s not actively pursuing other coaching jobs, but he’s not shutting the door on that option, either.
“I’m not going to rush in to anything, but if an opportunity comes up I’ll probably look at it,” he said.
North Baltimore becomes the second BVC school and fourth football team from the area to have a turnover in the coaching ranks since the end of the 2015 season.
Hopewell-Loudon has an opening after Jeremy Nutter’s coaching contract was not renewed recently. Lakota tabbed Troy Albright as its new head coach, replacing Shane Jacoby, and Jeff Richards has been named the new football coach at Bluffton.
Three Three Rivers Athletic Conference schools also have openings after Lima Senior’s Mike Fell, Fremont Ross’s Craig Yeast and Toledo Whitmer’s Jerry Bell all stepped down in the past few weeks.
Send an E-mail to Jamie Baker