Brent Ullery has taken the field with many Centerville High School football teams before, but Friday night at Fairfield will be different.
He will be the Elks’ head coach.
Of course Ullery intends to restore the winning tradition he knew under Bob Gregg and his father, Ron, after the Elks slipped to 5-5 last season under Rodney Roberts, but the former Ohio State football walk-on’s version of CHS football should have a flavor all its own.
“I’m sure I’m a product of the great coaches I’ve had around me throughout my life,” Brent Ullery said. “I’ve been influenced by Bob Gregg, Ron Ullery, Jim Tressel, and (former Ohio State assistant coach) Darrell Hazell.
“They are all great and I’d like to take the little things I’ve learned from each of them to create my own coaching methodology.
“I’ve also taken the approach that tradition is something that needs to be continued and our players need to learn about. It’s a bridge between them and the alumni and the rich football tradition at Centerville was built on hard work, great attitudes, and high effort. We try to practice like that every single day.”