Durbin new CNE grid coach

Josh Durbin is the new head football coach at Clermont Northeastern High School. This season will be the seventh that Durbin has coached at CNE.

Durbin is a 1992 graduate of Talawanda High School where he earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. He began his collegiate career at Miami and after a short break he returned to college at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his degree.

“After I left Miami it was then I found out that teachng was my calling,” said Durbin who teaches health, physical education, and weight lifting.

“It seems that every two years here at Clermont Northeastern we have a new head football coach. Through the years I’ve been here I have seen things and learned things from the things I’ve seen,” Durbin said. “One of the things I’ve learned is that there is a lot of support from the administration for the football program.

“When Ben Bird was the head coach here he told me I should try for the head coach’s position and others have suggested or shown support for me to become the head coach.

“I’m very excited about this team. The kids seem to enjoy our new offense. We’ll have a lot of new types of formations. The coaches and players seem excited, too. I’ve heard from the other coaches that they’ve overheard the kids talking about how much they like the new offense.

“I want to see the number of players increase. Ideally it would be nice to have 20-25 players from each grade.”

The Blue and Gold’s head taskmaster praised his assistant coaches. They are Joe Cardinal who will be the assistant defensive coordinator, Todd Blankenship who will be the defensive coordinator, and Tom Burkholder who will be the offensive coordinator.

No doubt is left for others by Durbin as to his goal. “We’re going to go for the league title. We have very good talent and I’m seeing the best senior leadership I’ve seen in my six years at CNE. They want to turn things around,” he said.

“We want everyone to know we’re back.We want to get the student body enthused and excited. We sense the pride is emerging again.”

Lew Lady, CNE athletic director, said, “I’m enthusiastic because Josh is very excited and we had so many kids at the camp and they seem very excited, too. He’s familiar with the kids and the program.”

The Clermont Northeastern varsity football schedule is as follows: Aug. 25 at Cincinnati Country Day, Sept. 1 at New Richmond, Sept. 8 at Western Brown, Sept. 15 Williamsburg, Sept. 22 Batavia, Sept. 29 at Bethel-Tate, Oct. 6 Blanchester, Oct 13 at Cincinnati Christian, Oct. 20 Goshen, and Oct. 27 at East Clinton.