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Niswonger named WC offensive coordinator

WC grad won three state titles at Valley View High School

February 24, 2012

— JAY NISWONGER —

— JAY NISWONGER —

Valley View High School head football coach and Wilmington College graduate Jay Niswonger has been named Wilmington College’s offensive coordinator, WC head coach Ken Minor announced today.

“I am excited that Jay has decided to return to Wilmington College. We are fortunate to get a coach and person of his caliber to coach and teach our student-athletes. He is a proven leader and winner,” Minor said. “Jay is known and respected across the state of Ohio. That level of respect for him will significantly benefit our recruiting processes.”

Niswonger graduated from Wilmington College in 1979 after a four-year career as a defensive standout for the Quakers. He was inducted into Wilmington College’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Niswonger coached at Watkins Memorial, Clinton-Massie and Carlisle high schools before coming to Valley View in 1984. He transformed a Valley View program that had won 70 games prior to his arrival into a state power.

Niswonger’s career record at Valley View was 243-78-1. His teams won 11 Southwestern Buckeye League titles, made 16 state playoff appearances, advanced to seven state semifinals and won state championships in 1994, ’96 and ’97.

Dozens of Niswonger’s Valley View players went on to play at the collegiate level — 13 at the Div. I level — and two played in the National Football League.

“This is a great opportunity. I think I can bring something to the Wilmington program — obviously, we have to bring some wins,” Niswonger said. “Wilmington has some skilled people, and we are going to utilize them. We are going to be a run-option offense with run-and-shoot principles. We’re going to try to get after it and get kids in space, get them the ball and put points on the board. That is the number one goal.

“But it’s not about really our offense … it’s about kids playing with passion and setting goals that are reachable. I hope we can start a new chapter at Wilmington College, generate excitement and bring in kids that are passionate about getting a great education and competing in the toughest Div. III conference in the country.”