East Central football coach Justin Roden accepts Noblesville head coaching position

ST. LEON, Ind. – East Central football coach Justin Roden has accepted the head football coaching position at Noblesville High School, just north of Indianapolis, pending Board of Education approval Monday night.

Noblesville, a 6A program, is expected to formally announce the expected hiring Monday night.

Roden, a Mount St. Joseph University and Colerain High School graduate, led the Trojans to the Indiana 4A state title in 2017.

Roden, 41, was 47-20 in five seasons at East Central including a 2016 4A state semifinalist and 2015 4A state runner-up.

“I am most proud of returning East Central back to it spot as one of the premier high school football programs in Indiana,” Roden said. “We have won 35 games the last three years, three consecutive league, sectional and regional championships and two appearances in the state championship game; including a state title.

"That is the greatest three-year period in school history. I also believe the program is in a better place then when I began a few years ago. Whoever takes the reins will inherit a great team and a program firing on all cylinders.”

Roden said earlier this year that East Central should be one of the state’s best teams in 4A this upcoming season as long as the defense continues to grow.

East Central returns several key players this season, including three-year starting quarterback Alex Maxwell, who was an all-state selection in 2017. He threw for 677 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 1,161 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior in leading the Trojans to the 4A state title.

Roden replaces Jason Simmons at Noblesville. Simmons left in March to become the Ben Davis High School coaching position. Noblesville had a 5-15 record the past two seasons, according to the Indianapolis Star.

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