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Oak Hills football coach Justin Roden to miss tonight's game after Bell's palsy diagnosis

Posted at 12:22 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 12:22:21-04

GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Oak Hills football coach Justin Roden will miss tonight's game versus visiting Colerain because of a recent diagnosis of Bell's palsy, according to the Oak Hills Local School District.

Bell's palsy is a non-contagious, typically temporary and not uncommon condition thought to be caused by a virus or nerve inflammation, according to the school district.

"He expects to be fully recovered and back to teaching and coaching duties soon," said Krista Ramsey, director of public relations and communication for Oak Hills Local Schools.

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The district said that Roden's doctors suggested he have a COVID-19 test purely as a precaution, although he had no symptoms and was not in contact with anyone known to have the virus.

"Only because he had the test, he is voluntarily quarantining for 48 hours," the district said. "OHHS players, staff and parents were informed of the reasons for Coach Roden’s absence tonight."

Assistant head coach and special teams coordinator David Dransman will assume the head coaching duties in tonight's game, according to athletic director Ben Hageman.

Oak Hills (0-1) plays visiting Colerain (0-1) in a Greater Miami Conference game at Betz Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.

Roden is in his first season as the Highlanders head coach. He was named the Oak Hills coach in November 2019.