Commuting became too difficult for Shawn Hinkle, so he resigned as Northridge High School football coach Dec. 1.

Commuting became too difficult for Shawn Hinkle, so he resigned as Northridge High School football coach Dec. 1.

The Vikings went 8-12 overall in Hinkle's two seasons, going 4-6 both years. They also were 1-7 in the LCL-Cardinal Division.

"It was taking me more than an hour one way to get there every day, and that got to be too much," said Hinkle, who teaches history at Canal Winchester Middle School. "The kids were great, the administration was great, but it was just a lot of stress rushing up there every day."

Hinkle also was the coach at Canal Winchester from 2011-13, finishing 16-16.

He took over a Northridge program that was 1-9 in 2014 and last had a winning record in 2005 when it was 6-4. The Vikings went 23-67 from 2006-14 and had not won more than three games since going 4-6 in 2008.

Northridge's league win under Hinkle came in the 2016 season finale, 39-14 over Utica on Oct. 28. Before that, the Vikings had lost all 15 of their league games since returning to the LCL in 2013.

"Coach Hinkle did a great job for us over the last two years, helping to set a mindset for the program and get the kids to have a winning mentality," athletics director Justin Grieger said. "He got us going with consistent offseason workouts and allowing us to compete with area teams.

"He was commuting an hour to coach, but you would never know it. He was dedicated to the program. But if you have an hour commute, it's tough on anyone, especially if you have a family."

Applications are being accepted through Dec. 23.

"We're trying to make the transition as smooth as possible," Grieger said. "We want to get things going around Christmas and hopefully have someone in place by mid-January."

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