First Star 2018 Coaches of the Year D3-D4-D5

Aaron Hancock – Wyoming HS (Cincinnati Hills League) D-IV
What a season for the Cowboys and their head coach. Not only did they repeat as Cincinnati Hills League Champions, but they also ended up playing a perfect season winning the programs second state championship with a convincing 42-14 win over Girard. Over the past two seasons, Wyoming has gone 27-1 and should return a strong squad next season as well. 

Ed Domsitz – Kettering Alter HS (Greater Catholic League Co-ED) D-III
If you want to talk about coaching legends, take one look at the Knights, Ed Domsitz who has been a mainstay on the sidelines for over 40 years. The Knights played the entire season without one of their star players, John Bivens III, but still made a state final losing to Chagrin Falls Kenston 42-6 and finishing 13-2 on the season. How much longer will Domsitz coach?

Jeff Jenkins – Bellbrook HS (Southwestern Buckeye League) D-III
After spending four years as an assistant coach for the Golden Eagles, Jenkins took over the head job prior to the 2016 season. After back-to-back 7-3 seasons, Jenkins guided his squad to a 10-1 record with their lone loss coming in the first round of the playoffs to Sheridan.

Scott Jordan – Waynesville HS (Southwestern Buckeye League) D-V
The past few years have been trying for the Spartans as they’ve gone a combined 1-19 the past two seasons. This season, Jordan returned the program to above five-hundred football for the first time since the 2014 season. While some going 6-4 means there is still work to be done, Jordan should get credit for getting the program back on track.


Steve Poff – Middletown Madison HS (Southwestern Buckeye League) D-V
The past two seasons have been magical for the Mohawks with deep playoff runs only to come up short. This season saw a dominating defense that posted seven shutouts overall. The most points they gave up came in their 24-16 third-round playoff loss to Wheelersburg.

Ryan Haines – Jamestown Greeneview HS (Ohio Heritage Conference) D-V
Haines led the Rams to a 10-2 mark following up his first year at the helm when the Rams went 10-1. The extra week of the season showed the Rams there is still work to be done as they fell to Wheelersburg 35-13


Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (, a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.


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