The Canal Winchester High School football team has struggled throughout its four seasons in the OCC, and now the Indians will have a new coach going forward.

The Canal Winchester High School football team has struggled throughout its four seasons in the OCC, and now the Indians will have a new coach going forward.

Phil Mauro said his contract will not be renewed after three seasons in which his teams went 6-24 overall and 2-17 in league play.

"I was told by the athletic director (Pat Durbin) that there was not enough progress after three years and we are going in a different direction," Mauro said in an email Nov. 29.

Durbin confirmed Mauro's departure the same day.

Canal Winchester went 3-7 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Capital Division this year, after records of 2-8 in 2015 and 1-9 in 2014. The Indians lost 19 consecutive games spanning those two seasons, during which they were in the OCC-Cardinal.

Mauro's second stint at Canal Winchester was not nearly as successful as his first, during which he went 36-9 from 2007-10 with two MSL-Buckeye championships and four playoff appearances. Before his arrival, the Indians hadn't had a winning season since 2001 and had qualified for the playoffs only twice (1986, 1988).

Mauro left Canal Winchester in 2011, fearing his teaching job might be a victim of budget cuts.

He then went 3-7 in one season at Trenton Edgewood, and 12-12 in 2012 and 2013 at Bloom-Carroll before returning to the Indians in December 2013.

Despite those struggles, Mauro still has a career record of 168-109.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and reference information to Durbin at pdurbin@cwls.us by Dec. 5.

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