The Columbus Crusaders club football team has announced Paul Dwyer as its new coach.

Dwyer formerly was an assistant for the Crusaders for 14 seasons, seven of which were as defensive coordinator. In addition, he previously spent 18 seasons as an assistant at Washington Court House and three seasons as an assistant for Newberry (South Carolina).

Ben Barlow was the Crusaders’ coach from 2012-16, leading the team to a 7-3 finish in his final season.

Mike Stanley, who was Columbus’ coach from 1999-2008 before Brian Stier led the program from 2009-11, served as coach the past two seasons.

Last fall, the Crusaders went 2-8 with a 20-12 win over the Indianapolis Southside Crimson Knights and a 28-20 victory over KIPP Columbus.

The Crusaders were founded in 1996 as a nonprofit youth sports ministry and compete in the Great Lakes Christian Athletic Conference. The program played two OHSAA-sanctioned teams last fall.

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