CLEVES, Ohio — David Dransman was officially named as the Taylor High School head football coach Tuesday night, according to Taylor athletic director Larry Herges.
"Coach Dransman is going to be an asset to not only the football program but everything we do at Taylor," Herges said in a statement. "He wants to be involved with more than just football. His passion is contagious and will make us all better."
Dransman arrives from Oak Hills where he was the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator.
Oak Hills coach Justin Roden remembers the strong work ethic and character that Dransman exhibited as a player years ago at Colerain while Roden was an assistant coach there.
Roden said he appreciated the fact he was able to work with him last season at Oak Hills.
"He will be successful because he's extremely detailed and a grinder and that's the same Dave I remember coaching back in high school," Roden said.
Dransman succeeds former Taylor coach Mark Miller, who stepped down in November after four seasons in order to spend more time with his family.
The district said the head football coaching position had over 30 applicants.
"In his interview, (Dransman) talked about the importance of relationships, not just with the athletes, but also with parents, community and organizations that support Taylor athletics," the district said in a statement. "Mr. Dransman understands the value of working with youth football organizations as they are the future of Taylor athletics."
Dransman impressed Herges and Taylor principal Mark Smiley during the interview process with a plan that outlined several points including team goals and expectations, academic success for student-athletes and community engagement.
Dransman emphasized the ability to highlight middle school, homecoming, youth programs, alumni and seniors throughout the season.
"I asked David to give me one word to define what he wanted his players to remember him by," Herges said in a statement. "He stated 'Coach.' He went on to explain that coach means a role model, a father figure, a brother, someone to lean on and someone to trust. With emotion in his response there was something about that answer that solidified his new home with Taylor."
Taylor, a Division IV, Region 16 program, had a 3-6 record this past season.
The program captured its first postseason win in program history this season with a 49-6 victory over Springfield Northwestern Oct. 10.