Written by J. Patrick Eaken
January 18, 2013
Former Genoa and Delta football coach Mike Vicars looks well on his way to being Clay’s next football coach.
“We are recommending that Mike Vicars be our next football coach, and that will be on the board agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. We’re extremely excited about it,” Oregon Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Zalar said.
“We are looking to hire him as the new junior high assistant principal, so he’s going to be at Fassett as the new assistant principal, which is a new position that is being created because of the reconfiguration next year.”
Vicars was the Comets’ head coach for five years and instantly turned around the once-proud program’s losing ways.
Genoa reached the state playoffs in all five of Vicars’ years as coach. The Comets won the last four Suburban Lakes League titles before relinquishing the inaugural Northern Buckeye Conference title to Eastwood his last season as head coach there.
Genoa had a 56-7 record under Vicars and won 48 straight regular-season games before losing to Eastwood in a heartbreaker in 2011. The Comets were 13-0 in 2008 before losing to eventual Division IV state champion Kettering Alter in the state semifinals.
Vicars was an assistant last year under his long time staff member, Tim Spiess, who became a head coach for the first time at Genoa.
“This is perfect,” Zalar said. “Mike already lives in Oregon. I’ve been watching him for the last 15 years. When I was principal out at Patrick Henry, he was at Delta, so I saw what he did with a group of ordinary kids and turned them into extraordinary teams. He did the same thing at Genoa. We’re hoping that he can work his magic in Oregon. We are going to support him and everything he needs to be successful. The fact that he’s taken a year out of being head coach, I think he is reenergized. It took him a little while to kind of get his brain wrapped around it again, but he is 100 percent ready to go and we are extremely excited about it.
“It won’t be official until the board approves it on Tuesday, but we offered and he accepted, so it’s really kind of a formaility.”