“Cody is disciplined, self-motivated and takes pride in all professional endeavors,” Irish athletic director Dan Shay said in a press release. “We are excited to have (him) join our staff and we look forward to the excitement he and his staff will bring to our program.”
Sarensen worked his way through the Lancaster City Schools system, starting as a junior high coach during his first year of college at Ohio University-Lancaster and working his way up to boys varsity assistant.
Sarensen said even he is surprised to become a head coach at such a young age.
“I was actually really shocked that I would get another round of interviews,” he said. “I know I am young, and it is going to be a new journey for me. There will be ups and downs, but I will use all my resources to give back to the Springfield community.”
Sarensen likes what he sees so far.
“I met with the kids today (Tuesday), and they seem like great kids,” he said. “I had a chance to watch them play a game or two this past season. I’m always big on effort and attitude, so I’m excited that they have that in place.”
Sarensen also started and has for the last five years run the NO LIMITS youth sports program in Lancaster.
“We use pride and inclusion to bring the city of Lancaster and Fairfield County together to give everyone regardless of ability a chance to play,” he said. “I taught special education for the city schools, so I saw that it was very needed.
“I’d love to get a NO LIMITS program started in Springfield,” he added.
Sarensen comes into his new job without any preconceived notions.
“I know some coaches have certain concepts and ideas they hold onto, but for me it depends on the kids and what they can do,” he said. “Regardless of how the game goes, every night you will see a competitive team that will give 100 percent.”