Three years ago, the Ripon Area School District hired co-head coaches to take over the Ripon High School football program.
The intention remained, however, to find a single head coach who was interested in the position.
That happened Monday night, when the School Board approved Mike Yoder as the next head football coach of the Ripon Tigers.
Yoder replaces Marty Moldenhauer and Al Schraeder, who served three years as the team’s co-head coaches. They never technically resigned from their positions, but were in communication with the school during the entire process.
“I felt it was time to move maybe back to one coach,” Ripon High School Athletic Director Rick Bunge said. “... Al and Marty [also] felt it was important that we move to a one-coach [program], where the kids have one person to go to. So discussing that with those two guys went really well. They completely understood.”
For more about the former co-head coaches and their reaction to the coaching change, click on the link at the bottom of the page.
Back when Moldenhauer and Schraeder were hired three years ago, superintendent Richard Zimman said the school’s eventual goal was to have someone who comes in as a high school teacher with interest in being a coach.
Yoder fits that description.
He is completing his first year as a special education teacher at the high school and has a wealth of experience coaching football.
Before receiving his teaching certification and the job in Ripon, Yoder worked as an assistant coach/coordinator at Port Washington High School for 11 years.
Read the full story, which includes Yoder's coaching philosophy and his plans in regards to the current coaching staff, in the May 23, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.