Mark Shaffer has been named the new coach of the Centennial High School football team, ThisWeekSPORTS.com has learned.

Mark Shaffer has been named the new coach of the Centennial High School football team, ThisWeekSPORTS.com has learned.

After serving as an assistant with the program for much of the past two decades, Shaffer takes over after long-time coach Pat Sergio retired from coaching in January.

Shaffer, who also is the Stars' wrestling coach, has coached primarily on the offensive side of the ball for Centennial.

With Sergio as coach for the last 25 seasons, Centennial went 54-196. The only winning seasons in Stars' history came in 2000 and 2001 when they finished 6-4. The Stars won seven games in 2002, but forfeited three victories after it was discovered that an ineligible player was on the roster.

Centennial was on a 34-game losing streak before it beat Columbus South 31-7 on Sept. 10, 2010. The Stars finished 4-6 that season and followed by going 2-8 last fall.

Despite the struggles the Stars have had on the field, athletics director Jeff Good believes Centennial is an attractive coaching job. He said there were 10 applicants that the school considered before choosing Shaffer.

Jarrod Ulrey is a ThisWeek sportswriter. Follow his newest blog, "On the Recruiting Trail," for the latest in central Ohio high school recruiting news.