Tom Bolden Leaves Colerain for Lakota West

Since taking over as the head coach at Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain high school when Kerry Coombs left for the University of Cincinnati, Tom Bolden guided the Cardinals program to a 142-21 record and 12 consecutive Greater Miami Valley Conference titles, 75 consecutive GMC wins since October 2008, three Division One semifinal appearances and this year, a No. 1 ranking and state finals appearance.

Friday, Bolden accepted the head coaching position at West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West high school, also a member of the Greater Miami Valley Conference.

In doing so, many expect a shift in power in the GMC as Lakota West has also been a top producer of talent over the years under the helm of Larry Cox, who stepped away from the West program in the spring.

The move by Bolden opens up one of the top high school jobs in the country and should see a long list of top coaches looking to take over the program.

As for Bolden, he’ll bring a change in offensive scheme to the Firebirds that has proven to be hard to stop during his years at Colerain.
First Star Football Report will look to talk with the new Lakota West head coach next week about the change.


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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