Rams name Rodriguez football coach

Upper Sandusky officials named Chris Rodriguez, who also coaches the school’s wrestling team, the school’s new football coach Monday.

“Basically I’ve always wanted to be a head football coach. I’ve been coaching wrestling at Upper Sandusky for many years and I’d seen a lot of turnover with a lot of coaches here and I wanted to throw my hat in the ring,” he said. “I wanted to try to help the program get better.

“Basically, it’s just my dream job,” the 1990 Upper Sandusky graduate said. “I’ve always wanted to be the head football coach where I graduated.”

Rodriguez is not without football experience, serving as a defensive assistant for the Rams for all but two seasons since 1998.

He takes over a program most-recently coached by Jake Moyer, who turned in a 22-29 record in his five-year stint for the Rams.

Upper Sandusky went 13-27 in the four years prior to Moyer taking over and his first two teams struggled – 2-8 in 2009, 1-9 in 2010 – before the Rams began turning it around – 5-5 in 2011, 7-4 in 2012, which included a trip to the playoffs, and 7-3 this fall.

Rodriguez said he thinks that kind of improvement will continue.

“I feel good about it. It’s not going to be a one-man job,” he said. “Me and the assistant coaches are going to do what we can to get the program going in the right direction.”