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Kerns will oversee a reboot of the Skyhawks program as it leaves the GWOC for the
revised Miami Valley League
beginning next season. Ten current GWOC teams will leave for the MVL at the end of this school year: Butler, Fairborn, Greenville, Piqua, Sidney, Stebbins, Tippecanoe, Troy, West Carrollton and Xenia.
“That’s going to be beneficial to everyone who’s moving into that, especially Fairborn,” Kerns said. “It’s a much more competitive league for us.”
Fairborn slumped to 2-8 in the GWOC American South last season after an 0-5 start. Roark’s best season was 4-6 in 2017 and his overall record with the Skyhawks was 8-32.
Roark left Jefferson to become Fairborn’s coach and succeeded longtime Skyhawks coach Roy Thobe, who was not retained after 14 seasons. Thobe has been a Centerville football assistant since then.
Fairborn athletic director Kevin Alexander was the AD at National Trail when Kerns was the Blazers’ head coach.
Fairborn is a Division II program that has never qualified for the playoffs. Its last winning season was in 2011 when the Skyhawks were 6-4 and tied Lebanon for the GWOC South title.
Kerns said he’ll begin his employment with the Fairborn City School District on March 1. Eventually, he’ll oversee a credit recovery program at the high school.
“The community is hungry for something and a consistent program,” he said. “I’m hoping to come in there and change things around and get the upward trajectory that we want.”
Other GWOC coaches who resigned after last season are Aaron Shaffer (Greenville), Steve Channell (Miamisburg), Joel Derge (Tippecanoe) and Derek Hauk (West Carrollton). None of those openings have been filled.
Shaffer has become Greenville’s athletic director.
GWOC FOOTBALL COACHING CHANGES
Fairborn: Randy Kerns succeeds Chris Roark.
Greenville: Aaron Shaffer resigned.
Miamisburg: Steve Channell resigned.
Tippecanoe: Joel Derge resigned.
West Carrollton: Derek Hauk resigned.