Seymour Athletic Director Gary Householder wanted a home run hire for his next football coach.
When he looked at Jerry Cooper's resume, a home run is what he saw.
Cooper, 54, has coached his entire 27 years in Ohio and has complied a 235-77 record has been hired to replace Jim Moore and lead the Eagle program.
"We were blown away by his resume, his personality and his enthusiasm," Householder said. " When you get a coach like this you really feel you got a steal."
Cooper has led five different Ohio programs during his 27 year head coaching tenure which includes stops at Lima Central Catholic (2005-2013), Columbus Grove (2000-04), Bath (1993-99), Hicksville (1990-92) and Waynesfield-Goshen (1988-89).
Cooper complied a 87-22 record in nine years at Lima Central Catholic, including an 8-3 this year.
While at Columbus Grove in 2003 he helped the Bulldogs win the Division VI state title and capped off an undefeated 15-0 season.
During his tenure at Columbus Grove, he also had a 58-9 overall record with a 24 game winning streak during the 2003-04 seasons.
"What was really impressive about Coach Cooper was if he had a bad year one year he always rebounded with a big year the next," Householder said.
Cooper will have his work cut out for him as the Eagles were 15-36 during Moore's five year tenure.
Seymour's last winning season was in 2008 when they went to the playoffs and finished 8-3.
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