Woodmore's football team won its last four games of the 2009 season, but the
Wildcats will have a new head coach in 2010.
Lou Bosh was the Wildcats' head coach for the past 12 years, but the school has chosen to go in another direction.
Woodmore Athletic Director Shane Dyer did not return phone messages or reply to e-mails from the Press seeking comment on Bosh's coaching situation. Dyer sent out e-mails in December posting the school's opening for a new head football coach. The deadline to apply was Jan. 19.
Bosh, 42, said he would "prefer to not make any comments at this time." Bosh had a 54-67 record at Woodmore.
Bosh taught health and physical education at Woodmore for 11 years and now teaches special education at the high school. The Wildcats finished 4-6 and 3-3 in the Suburban Lakes League last season.
Woodmore has not won an SLL football title since winning three in a row from 1995-97. Bosh replaced Mike Lee as the Wildcats' head coach starting with the 1998 season. Woodmore's last winning record was in 2003, when it finished 6-4.
Bosh led the Wildcats to the Division IV state playoffs in 2001 with an 8-2 record. The 'Cats, who finished second to Lake in the SLL that season, lost to eventual state runner-up Marion Pleasant 56-7 in the first round.
Woodmore also qualified for the state playoffs in 1986, 1994, '95, '96 and '97.
The Wildcats could have as many as eight returning starters on offense and five on defense next season. They open the 2010 season on Aug. 27 at Port Clinton.
Genoa coach Mike Vicars, whose Comets have won the last three SLL titles, called Bosh "a class act."
"He is a coach who you know loves his kids and gives them everything he has," Vicars said. "I still remember back in 2007, they really surprised us by coming out in a '65' defense and we struggled badly for much of that game before pulling away late. That taught us a lot about always being prepared for just about anything.
"The last couple years have been tough for Woodmore, but even in lopsided losses Lou was a very classy guy and very complimentary. He's a good friend that we'll miss."