Mohawk rehires volleyball coach

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Performing Arts Center was packed with supporters for volleyball coach Eric Hoover Thursday during a special meeting of the Mohawk Local Board of Education.

Hoover was reinstated as head volleyball coach with a one-year supplemental contract for the 2013-14 school year after an executive session by the board. The vote was 4-1, with Beth Margraf, Todd Price, Doug Walton and Vice President Duane Coldiron voting yes and President Roger Luhring voting no.

In a 3-2 vote, the board voted against renewing his volleyball contract at a meeting April 15.

Deputies from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office were on hand to assist during the meeting Thursday.Deputies barred anyone from being on stage with the board members.

“The Mohawk Board of Education strives to make the best decisions,” Luhring said. “(There) is a lesson to learn and we should move on from this matter.”

The board approved Hoover’s contract with a mutually agreed upon improvement plan.

“(The plan) is a set of guidelines or suggestions to see improved,” Hoover said, noting situations with coaching, parents, administrators and students.

Hoover’s volleyball coaching career includes two Midland Athletic League titles, six sectional titles, two district titles and one regional title, with an overall volleyball record of 187-38.

He said it was his goal to come back and get his volleyball program back.

“It was a long week not knowing what would happen,” he said. “I knew I had the community support.”

Several coaches from area schools also came out to support Hoover along with community members, former athletes and students.

“It feels good. Many individuals have the same thing happen to them, but don’t receive the same support,” Hoover said.

Senior Sarah Parker has been playing for coach Hoover for four years.

“This shouldn’t have been an issue,” she said. “I’m excited to for the girls below me. It’s a good feeling.”

Another player, junior Clara Adelsperger, is thankful board member changed their minds.

“I liked being coached by Hoover. He inspires and pushes us,” she said.

One of Hoover’s former teachers from Old Fort, Ann Miller, came out to show her support.

“(It’s) awesome. Eric is a good guy,” Miller said.

What’s next for Hoover? He said he has a baseball game today to get ready for in New Riegel.

“As for volleyball, we will be meeting ASAP to get the summer calendar out and to ready for workouts in June,” Hoover said.

“I am proud of the job I do,” he said. “You’re not going to make everyone happy.”