Pat Samanich was approved as New Albany High School football coach at a school board meeting March 18.
Samanich, previously the Eagles’ offensive coordinator, would succeed Mark Mueller, who resigned March 4 after eight seasons. Samanich, a business teacher at the high school, was the only candidate interviewed for the job, according to athletics director Kevin Reed.
“I think we have one of the best coaching staffs in the state top to bottom,” Reed said. “Pat is very deserving. He understands what we want at New Albany. He has great leadership skills and always does what’s right for the kids.”
The Eagles went 11-3 overall last year and 7-0 to win the OCC-Capital Division. They lost to eventual state runner-up Trotwood-Madison 33-32 in a Division II state semifinal.
Mueller, who was 69-24 with New Albany, resigned to spend more time with his family.