The Canal Winchester Times


Groveport graduate to coach alma mater


Bryan Schoonover has been named Groveport Madison High School football coach.

It will be the first head coaching position for the 1998 Groveport graduate, who replaces Tim Brown. Schoonover spent the past three seasons as co-offensive coordinator at Lancaster.

“I am very excited to see what we can accomplish,” said Schoonover, who played offensive guard and nose guard for the Cruisers. “The kids seem excited, too, and they’ve said they want to see change in the direction of our program. I also am happy about the staff we have and some of the guys coming in on staff.”

The Cruisers finished 1-9 overall last season, including 0-7 in the OCC-Ohio Division. Their win was 21-20 over Walnut Ridge on Sept. 7.

Brown coached Groveport for 10 seasons, compiling a 38-64 record, including a 1-1 mark in the postseason. The Cruisers qualified for the Division I, Region 3 playoffs in 2007, defeating Brookhaven 41-27 in the first round before losing to Hilliard Darby 16-3 in a regional semifinal to finish 8-4.

“We had a dozen or so applications and Bryan graded out high in one of the areas where we feel the program needs improvement and that’s strength and conditioning,” athletics director Steve Petros said. “He accepted the position on a Friday night (Feb. 8) and was at the weight room by 7:30 a.m. the next day.”