Rodney Hopkins has been named the Thomas Worthington High School football coach.

Rodney Hopkins has been named the Thomas Worthington High School football coach.

Athletics director Scott Dorne confirmed Jan. 13 that the search committee has selected Hopkins, who has been a teacher in the math department at Thomas for eight years, to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Scott Gordon.

The hiring was pending school board approval.

"We made the decision (Jan. 10) and tried to get the topic added to the agenda for the school board meeting (Jan. 13)," Dorne said. "It may have been too late to get it added in time, so the board may not make it official until its next meeting."

Hopkins, 36, coached Franklin Heights in 2010 and 2011 before serving as an assistant at Thomas in 2012 and an assistant at Worthington Kilbourne in 2013. A graduate of Cincinnati Purcell Marian (1995) and Wittenberg University (1999), he also served as an assistant at Otterbein University.

"I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to be head coach of the Cardinals," said Hopkins, who was 1-19 at Franklin Heights. "The first thing we're going to address is the weight room. We need to introduce some accountability."

Thomas finished 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Central Division last season and is losing 27 seniors.

"What stood out about Rodney was not only his football knowledge, but his proven work through relationships he has forged with the students and student-athletes here as a teacher," Dorne said. "He is especially talented in building positive, professional relationships with young people.

"He has an innate ability to develop mutual respect with individuals while motivating them to be better both in the classroom and on the field of play."

Gordon was 22-48 in seven seasons with the Cardinals.