The Canal Winchester Times


Mauro returns to coach Canal Winchester


Phil Mauro, who guided the Canal Winchester High School football team to an unprecedented level of success from 2007 to 2010, has accepted an offer to return as coach.

Mauro, whose hiring is expected to be approved by the school board in January, coached Bloom-Carroll the past two seasons, guiding the Bulldogs to a 12-12 record and two playoff appearances. He resigned from that position Dec. 19 but plans to continue to teach health and academic intervention at Bloom-Carroll.

“I don’t have a negative thing to say about Bloom-Carroll,” Mauro said. “We enjoyed a winning season together this fall and their future is bright. But my family lives in Canal Winchester and I have a lot of time invested in the community, and it just feels like home for me here. We never sold our house after I stopped coaching at Canal Winchester and we live about a mile from the high school. It feels good to return home.”

In four seasons at Canal Winchester, Mauro led the Indians to a 36-9 record, two MSL-Buckeye Division championships and four playoff appearances.

Before Mauro's arrival, Canal Winchester hadn't had a winning season since 2001 and had qualified for the playoffs only twice (1986, 1988).

“We had four good years with Phil as our coach and we’re happy to get him back,” athletics director Kent Riggs said. “The football community and entire community are excited to get him back because Phil has been involved with a lot of human services, including working with senior citizens.”

Mauro replaces Shawn Hinkle, who compiled a 16-16 record the past three seasons with the Indians. Hinkle resigned in November after the Indians finished 0-10, including 0-7 in their first season in the OCC-Cardinal Division. It marked their first losing season since 2006 and their first winless season since 1999.