PARKERSBURG - Mike Eddy, who was part of two Class AAA state championship teams at Parkersburg High School and more recently built the Gallia Academy program into a powerhouse, is the new head football coach at Parkersburg South.
Eddy's appointment was approved during Tuesday night's meeting of the Wood County Board of Education. At its previous meeting, the board had approved both Eddy and his wife, Joni, for teaching positions in the county.
Eddy is no stranger to Wood County football. From 2004 to 2008, he served as an assistant coach at Parkersburg High School, which won back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 2007 under head coach Bernie Buttrey, for whom Eddy served as defensive coordinator.
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Mike Eddy, left, who was named the Parkersburg South head football coach on Tuesday night, talks with South Athletics Director Rick Leach on Tuesday afternoon.
Eddy left PHS to become the head coach at Gallia Academy, where he has spent the last four seasons. After his first team there won just two games, the Blue Devils started winning. After two runner-up finishes in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League, last year's team won the league title as well as an opening-round state playoff game. Eddy was anxiously awaiting another season with the Blue Devils. After all, his squad was returning the Gridiron Glory and District 3 Player of the Year.
Spend any time with Eddy and you can tell he is the kind of person who knows what he wants. As soon as the Parkersburg South job opened, Eddy began his quest to become the head coach of the Patriots.
Eddy, who attended South's OVAC playoff basketball game on Tuesday night, has two children, Lishea, a freshman at South, and Avery, who is in the seventh grade at Edison Middle School.
A graduate of Tyler County High School, Eddy also worked for Mark Batton at Magnolia High School, where he also spent a great deal of time talking football to former mentor Dave Cisar.
Eddy literally is counting down the days until South opens the 2013 season against Ripley.
"199 days until kickoff,'' he said during a Tuesday interview at Parkersburg South. "We've got to get moving.''
Both Eddy and South AD Rick Leach are grateful that Patriot assistant coach Dan Fedorczyk has kept the Patriot program going during the offseason by running the conditioning program, a key component of any program with which Eddy is associated.
Eddy is succeeding Jon Bolen, who spent the last six seasons at South, where he compiled a winning record and became only the second coach in school history to win a state playoff game.
Eddy hasn't yet hired a staff. Obviously, that's a top priority.
So is molding the young men who will be part of the program into his way of doing things.
He knows South suffered heavy graduation losses from last fall's 6-4 squad that just missed the state playoffs.
But this is not a man who makes excuses.
"We will be inexperienced,'' he said. "But we won't say we are young.''
Eddy loves the South-Parkersburg High game being moved to the final week of the regular season.
"That's where it should be,'' he said.
"It's one of the greatest rivalries in the nation.''
Eddy is familiar with ending the season against your rival as Gallia Academy traditionally ended its season against Jackson.
The South football schedule for 2013 is: Aug. 30: at Ripley; Sept. 6: Linsly; Sept. 13: Morgantown; Sept. 20: at Warren; Sept. 27: at University; Oct. 11: John Marshall; Oct. 18: at Brooke; Oct. 25: Greenbrier East; Nov. 1: at Wheeling Park; Nov. 8: Parkersburg.