August 1, 2014

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H.S. Football: North Ridgeville tabs Luke Durbin as coach

North Ridgeville has found its replacement for longtime coach Jeff Riesen.

North Ridgeville announced the hiring of Luke Durbin as football coach in a Twitter post late Wednesday night.

 

The move is pending approval by the school board.

The school’s Twitter account said an official news release will be distributed this morning.

Durbin was most recently defensive coordinator at Massillon, where he teaches science.

Durbin is in his second stint at Massillon. He returned after serving as coordinator for his father, Jeff, the longtime coach at Uniontown Lake.

Durbin played at Baldwin Wallace and was a finalist for the head coaching job at Wooster in 2012.

Riesen was told in November his contract wouldn’t be renewed. Athletic director Matt Yunker said he wanted to take the program in a different direction.

Riesen spent 16 years with the Rangers over two stints. He went 105-52-2. His only losing season came in 2012.

He had a 32-year coaching career and made stops across Lorain County.

The Rangers went 6-4 in the fall, including 4-2 in the West Shore Conference. They won their last three games.

Durbin inherits running back Demario McCall. He had a huge sophomore season in the fall, rushing for 10 touchdowns in his first two games.

  • wahoo99

    Coach Durbin will NOT be as a good as Coach Riesen. Ridgeville will struggle to get to 5-5.