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.
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.
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.
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.
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.