MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon News has confirmed that Anthony Naples has been offered the head football coaching position at Mount Vernon High School.
The move still has to be approved by the school board.
“Anthony Naples is fully qualified for the position,” Mount Vernon director of teaching and learning Gary Chapman said. “His experience as an athletic director gives him a big picture view of running a program based on education and athletics.”
Naples has spent the past two years as athletic director at Madison-Plains High School and Middle School.
“(Naples) understands the importance of meeting the educational needs of athletes,” Chapman said.
A 10-member selection committee, consisting of administrators, parents and students of Mount Vernon High School, interviewed Naples and five other candidates last week. The committee met “well into the night,” according to Chapman, to decide who would be best for the position.
Chapman said he would like to see a teaching position offered with the head coaching role. However, the school board would have to approve of that move.
“That’s been our goal from the beginning,” Chapman said. “We’d like to have a position for him when he gets here.”
The board will meet on Monday, but does not plan to discuss Naples’ hiring until April 4.
“He still has to fulfill his obligations at Madison-Plains,” Chapman said. “Ideally, we’d like to have him in by June.”
Naples has been out of his office and could not be reached for comment.
A native of Niles, Naples played football at Youngstown State University from 1990 to ’93 under head coach Jim Tressel, now the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Naples played as a fullback and a linebacker, where he helped the Penguins win two NCAA Division I FCS national titles. After earning his bachelor’s degree in secondary education (math), he earned his master’s degree in administration at Ashland University.
From 2001 to ‘04 he was the head football and boys track coach at Westland High School in Columbus. He left to accept a job as defensive coordinator at Lock Haven University, an NCAA Division II school in Pennsylvania.
He coached there until 2009, when he accepted the job with Madison-Plains local schools.
Naples replaces Gary Keller, who stepped down a few weeks after the final game of the 2010 season. The Yellow Jackets finished the year with a 6-4 mark, their first winning record in seven seasons.