In addition to having a new football coach in Brian Kennedy, Watterson High School will have two other new fall coaches.
According to athletics director Doug Etgen, the school has hired Scott Dempsey as its girls soccer coach while girls volleyball coach Max Miller has stepped down.
Dempsey led Hartley to a 56-34-22 record in six seasons before stepping down Dec. 16.
He was recommended to be Thomas Worthington’s coach Jan. 9 but withdrew from consideration Jan. 13.
During a 34-year coaching career that also includes winning 10 league titles, 11 district championships and eight regional titles at Bexley, Dempsey’s record is 335-112-58. Bexley lost to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 2-1 in the 2009 Division II state final but later was awarded the title after it was ruled that Hathaway Brown had used an ineligible player.
Watterson’s job came open when Alyx Portier stepped down Dec. 14 after eight seasons. She led the Eagles to an 87-41-22 mark that included a 31-1-1 record in the CCL with seven league championships and Division I district titles in 2011 and 2013. Watterson has won 20 consecutive league games.
“Coach Dempsey is an excellent teacher of the game and has had team and individual success at his previous stops,” Etgen said. “We have a great tradition of success in girls soccer here at Watterson. We have confidence that his experience and abilities will help us not only maintain this level but reach new heights as well.”
Miller has been Watterson’s coach the last four seasons after a 13-year tenure at Hartley that included winning the Division II state title in 2011 and five CCL titles over his final eight seasons.
In Miller’s four seasons at Watterson, the Eagles went 54-53 and were a Division I district runner-up in 2015.
Watterson went 14-12 last fall.
“Max has been an excellent coach for us and he will be greatly missed,” Etgen said. “He plans on becoming (the) new coach at (the University of Northwestern Ohio) in Lima, where he will be able to finish his education degree at the same time. Max brought an order and discipline to our program that will be tough to replace.”