Goshen News, Goshen, IN

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January 13, 2009

Scott Hoover named NorthWood football coach

NAPPANEE — Scott Hoover, NorthWood High School’s assistant varsity football coach, was hired Monday night as the new head football coach.

Hoover, 32, replaces Rich Dodson, who resigned last fall after 40 years with the football program — the past 17 years as head coach. Dodson won 169 games during his tenure as head coach.

Hoover, a University of Indianapolis graduate, has been the assistant varsity coach for 10 years.

“(I’m) impressed with his vision, not only for the football program, but for the athletic department,” said Wa-Nee Community Schools Superintendent Joe Sabo. “I wholeheartedly support the recommendation” (from athletic and school officials).

The Wa-Nee School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the hiring.

Over the past four decades, the NorthWood football program has established itself as one of the premier programs in the state.

The Panthers have advanced to the state championship game five times, winning the title in 2005.

Dodson retired at the end of November after NorthWood was defeated in the semi-state.

Hoover becomes just the fourth NorthWood head football coach since 1969. Before Dodson, Jim Andrews won 150 games in 20 years. Dan Ransberger won 16 games in three years.

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