By Chris Chaney
Goshen High School announced that Ryan George would be the school’s new varsity football coach at a school board meeting on March 10.
Introduced by Goshen High School principal Nick Inabnitt, George will continue an 18-year coaching career as the head coach of the Warriors in the 2015 season.
“He’s very passionate, knowledgeable and energetic,” Inabnitt said. “He truly wanted to be a part of the Warrior family. It was a top priority for us to get the right guy for the job and we did. He’s all about building relationships with people and his student-athletes.”
George is assuming the position previously held by Mark Slagle who is retiring at years end. Slagle will be moving on from both his athletic director and coaching role.
Slagle was an assistant at Goshen from 1984-1996, a head coach from 2000-2007, an assistant again in 2008 and 2011 and most recently, the head coach again the past two seasons.
Head basketball coach Scott Wake will take over Slagle’s duties as athletic director.
The new head pigskin man will be making his way to Clermont County from Tell City, Ind. where he has served as the Tell City High School head football coach and athletic director.
“Coach George’s references were outstanding,” Superintendent Darrell Edwards said of the hire. “Nobody had anything but praise for him, either as a football coach or as a teacher.”
George will inherit a team that went 4-6 last season and 1-3 in the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Warriors have not had a winning season since the 2009 team went 8-3 and won the American Division of the SBC.
A Hoosier born and bred, George is a 1994 graduate of Indiana University, where he played linebacker after a short stint at Indiana State University. He also has a Masters degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala.
Since his graduation two decades ago, George has traversed the country teaching and coaching.
He has coached at North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Ky., Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. and Cedar Park, Lake Travis, Hutto and Kingsville High Schools around the state of Texas for 12 years.
Some of George’s accolades include coaching student-athletes that were All-State selections, Division I football and track athletes as well as coaching an offensive starter for the New York Jets.
The son of Robert George, an Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame coach, Ryan has coaching in his DNA.
“Coaching was all I knew growing up, as I was on the field with my dad from the time I could walk,” he said. “I knew right away that was what I wanted to do, so I became a teacher and a coach.”
Coach George is married to Dr. Karen McBride, the Director of Education Abroad and Partnerships at the University of Dayton. George and his wife will be relocating from Tell City to the Goshen area following the conclusion of the 2014 school year.
George met with the returning members of the 2013 Warriors on March 11, the day after he was announced as the new coach. George said he will evaluate talent, work ethic and character and devise an offseason training and conditioning schedule over the next few weeks.
Once the Georges are settled in the area, a parent meeting will be planned to introduce the coach to the family of the players. An announcement of that date will be disseminated across the district website at goshenlocalschools.org and the district’s Facebook page.
To contact Coach George, you can email him at email@example.com.