By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald Writer
ADA - In a move expected to keep the success of its football program rolling, the Ada school board named veteran high school grid mentor Bob Olwin as the new Bulldog head football coach Wednesday night in a special school board meeting.
Olwin graduated from Bluffton College in 1979 and has been a very successful coach at many high schools and one college since then.
Most recently, he was the head football coach at Lake High School in Millbury for a season. Before that, he coached perennial power Versailles from 2008-12, where he was named Southwest District Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011 and made the playoffs in 2011.
From 1995-2008, he compiled a 104-33 record at Sherwood Fairview H.S., winning seven league crowns and making five playoff appearances. From 1991-94 he was head coach at Arlington and then Ridgedale. In 1989-91, he served as the offensive coordinator at Tiffin University.
From 1985-89 he was head coach at Tiffin Calvert where he was named Midland Athletic League Coach of the Year and led TC to the second round of the playoffs.
From 1983-85 he turned Mechanicsburg around from 1-9 to 9-1 and was again named his league Coach of the Year. Right out of college, he was head coach at Antwerp from 1979-83.
"I feel fortunate that we were able to hire someone with Bob's experience and who has had the success he's had over his career," said Ada athletic director Dave Allen.
"His resume speaks for itself. We needed someone who would not be overwhelmed by our recent success and Bob won't be. He's won a lot
of games, so his expectations and ours is that he'll continue doing that here."
Olwin also earned an M.S.S. Degree in sports coaching from the U.S. Sport Academy in 2000. He has been a physical education teacher at almost all of his previous stops as well, and is expected to resume the same duties at Ada.
Olwin replaces Mike Fell, who led Ada to seven straight playoff appearances, two Northwest Conference titles and a 59-18 record from 2006-12. Fell resigned in January to accept the head coaching position at his alma mater of Lima Senior.