Search for new football coach underway, six candidates set to be interviewed

By Jonathan Delozier -

Six candidates will soon be interviewed for the Dukes’ vacant head football coach position, but there is no timetable to make the hire.

Sean Arno announced his resignation as both coach and assistant principal at Wellington High School in January after leading the Dukes on the field for three years.

His tenure brought marked improvement from a 2-8 record in 2014, to 3-7 in 2015, and finally 5-5 last year — the Dukes’ first .500 season since 2011.

The candidates come from a wide variety of experience levels and locations, including some from outside Lorain County, said athletic director John Bowman.

“They’re coming from all over the place,” he said. “We’re hoping to hire someone as soon as possible. The interviews will start and we’ll see where we go from there.”

No determination has been made on whether the new hire will only replace Arno as coach or also as assistant principal, but some interviewees do come with teaching experience.

As far as coaching, Bowman said the choice isn’t tied to the candidate having long-term experience.

“The choice of hiring a new administrator is up to the superintendent,” he said. “I’m just looking strictly for a football coach. We want someone with energy and who’s committed to Wellington. It has to be someone willing to continue on this path and have a winning season. We have the kids to do that. Some candidates have years and years experience and some only a couple of years. I’m not opposed to going either way.”

Bowman was not caught off guard by Arno’s departure and said the former coach went through the proper channels before making the decision to leave.

“He was up front and honest with us. By the time we heard the news, we were prepared for it,” he said.

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By Jonathan Delozier