The Beechcroft High School football team will have a new coach this fall.

Charles Gibson, a 1984 Marion-Franklin graduate who has coaching experience at the college level, recently was named the sixth coach in program history.

He replaces B.J. Queen, whose contract wasn’t renewed after the Cougars went 5-4 in his only season last fall.

“I’m super excited about the opportunity,” Gibson said. “I know it’s a great program historically. I’m familiar with the City League and I’m excited to take over the program.”

Gibson, who also is the girls bowling coach at Columbus South, where he teaches junior ROTC after recently finishing 23 years in the Army, played football for Capital University from 1986-89. He’ll also serve as the Cougars’ baseball coach beginning this spring.

He served as an assistant football coach at his college alma mater from 1993-99 and also has experience coaching baseball and softball at the high school and collegiate level.

“He’s a great guy and relates well to the kids,” athletics director Brian Lowery said.

The Cougars made 12 playoff appearances in 23 seasons under Tom Dunlap, who succeeded Andy Powell four games into the 1986 season and led the program until 2008.

Then under Bruce Ward from 2009-13, Beechcroft went 37-14 with two playoff appearances before he left to become Gahanna’s coach.

Trevor White guided the Cougars to a 28-7 mark from 2014-16 with playoff appearances each season before taking over at Central Crossing last fall.

Last fall under Queen, the Cougars earned a share of the City League-North Division title with Mifflin and Northland at 5-1.

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