Pending school board approval, Matt Shaul will be the next football coach at Grove City.

He will replace Tennyson Varney, who stepped down after three seasons to accept the same position at Hamilton Township, which is his alma mater.

The board will vote on Shaul’s appointment at its next meeting Feb. 10, according to assistant principal and athletics director Kris Sander.

Shaul, 37, is a math teacher at the school and has been an assistant coach in the football program since 2014. He is a 2001 graduate of Grove City and played quarterback for the Dawgs.

Carter Binford, a junior wide receiver and defensive back, is looking forward to playing for Shaul.

“He’s been there for all of my high school (career) and he’s a great man,” Binford said. “I’ve learned a whole lot from him, and not just in football. … I know coach Shaul can (turn around the program). He’s a very intelligent man. He knows football. He’s been involved in football for all of his life, so I know he has the right intentions.”

Under Varney, the Dawgs finished with a 2-28 record. They were 1-9 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Ohio Division this past season, defeating Central Crossing 18-15 on Sept. 13 to snap a 17-game losing streak.

Grove City has had six consecutive losing seasons and has lost 22 consecutive league games.

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