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By Carmen Ensinger
The North Greene School Board is probably thankful that they don’t have all the drama taking place in their community that is going on in Carrollton over the hiring of a new head football coach.
It really doesn’t matter, because they have already made their choice at the April 20 school board meeting. There were three candidates for the position and after a lengthy closed session, which also concerned union negotiations, they announced that Brian “Pudge” VanMeter had been selected as the Spartan’s new head football coach.
VanMeter is a North Greene graduate and currently lives in Roodhouse with his family. North Greene Superintendent Mark Scott said VanMeter has been active in the sport of football at all levels in the North Greene area.
“I know he was involved in getting the young people active in the North Greene Junior Football League again and was involved in it,” Scott said. “He was also an assistant coach under High School Head Coach Tony Rhoades for years, then he was with Barry Creviston and then he was with Donnie Allen before he ended up going over as an assistant coach for Matt Coultas at Winchester. He has been over there for at least a couple of years.”
Amidst all the drama at Carrollton over the potential hiring of a football coach, one of the administrators of the WIVC Football Facebook page made a post asking “How does Spartan Nation feel about the new coach for NG?” As of Tuesday morning, there were 19 comments, and not one of them was negative. A few of them included:
“Feel excited! I think we have the right guy!”
“Definitely excited, personally seen what he can do. But now it’s time to build a program.”
“Excited for the future of North Greene! Great choice for the kids.”
“So sad we are losing him at West Central, but we know he will do great things for NG.”
“Let’s get this new era started.”