SPENCERVILLE — Might a 10-mile drive shift the balance of power in Northwest Conference football?

Spencerville’s Board of Education has approved the hiring of Chris Sommers as the school’s new head football coach.

Sommers, who resigned at Delphos Jefferson on Monday, takes over for John Zerbe, who left his post at Spencerville last month.

Sommers is 27-8 in three seasons as Jefferson’s head coach, each ending with a Northwest Conference championship and a NWC Coach of the Year award.

Sommers will also leave his position as head of Jefferson’s digital academy to take a teaching position at Spencerville.

Sommers, whose wife also teaches at Spencerville, cited the need to spend more time with his family as a primary reason for resigning at Jefferson when he spoke with DHI Media’s Jim Metcalfe last week.

“Football has become such a demanding job as far as time involved for much of the year; for five or six months, you only really get to see your wife and children an hour or so a night, that is not enough for me as a father,” he said. “I felt I wanted to make them more of a priority — to make them No. 1 in my life and put football second. Again, I put this forward in prayer a lot before I came to this conclusion.”

Sommers indicated that a professional move to Spencerville fulfills his personal goals.

“I look forward to family time experiences with my wife and children in a K-12 campus setting and community,” Sommers said in a statement released by Spencerville Schools on Wednesday.

Jefferson has won four consecutive NWC titles overall and four straight Coach of the Year honors, as former coach Bub Lindeman was honored as such following the 2013 season, his final year at Jefferson before resigning.

Sommers had served as Jefferson’s athletic director for one year (2013-14) prior to taking over for Lindeman.

Sommers has previously coached at Allen East.