After leading the Colerain Cardinals to the state championship game last season, Tom Bolden shocked many when he left the program several days later to take over the head coaching duties at Greater Miami Conference rival Lakota West.

With twelve conference titles and a 142-21 record, Bolden felt the time was right for a new challenge in his life despite his long history at Colerain.

Now a few months on the job, Bolden now knows the names of his players and sees the amount of talent the Firebirds have in the upcoming senior class and the many younger players who impressed the many college coaches who attended the Firebirds combine workout Tuesday.

First Star Football Report spoke one-on-one with Bolden in this exclusive First Star Logistics sponsored video interview as Bolden talks about some of his standout players. What he told his players when he took over the program and what his staff will do on offense and defense.


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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