New coach familiar with high expectations

CRIDERSVILLE — Sporting red Wapakoneta jerseys adorned with their last name in white on the back, the Moyer children understand their father is coaching football again.

Travis Moyer was hired Tuesday as head varsity football coach at Wapakoneta High School, returning to coaching after two seasons.

Moyer was hired Tuesday by the Wapakoneta City Schools board of education at Cridersville Elementary School in its regular monthly meeting.

Moyer will now return to coaching after being away from football for two seasons.

He was previously the head varsity coach for 13 seasons at Wynford High School in Bucyrus, Ohio.

“I heard nothing but great things about the community,” Moyer said. “I’m excited for my family to be part of this community and to be able to coach football again. I just wanted to have that opportunity again. I feel good about that.

“I feel good about our chances of being successful here. Our expectations will be extremely high. We know that to meet those expectations, we’re going to have to have great work ethic and play with toughness, mentally and physically. At the end of the day, we’re going to have to have an unselfish program.”

Expectations, certainly, are high upon Moyer’s arrival.

Moyer’s predecessor, Doug Frye, who resigned from the position in January, led Wapak to the most wins in a four-year stretch in school history and two of the program’s six playoff appearances.

Given his success at Wynford, Moyer is used to high expectations.

The Wynford Royals finished with a 58-game win streak in regular season games under Moyer, who was 118-28 overall with a 92-8 record in the North Central Conference.

Wynford won the NCC title in nine of Moyer’s 13 seasons, made eight playoff berths in his tenure and had six undefeated regular seasons between 2005 and 2011.

Moyer left the Royals as their all-time leader for most wins as a coach.

He earned numerous coach of the year awards from media outlets and various coaches associations.

Along with Frye, the most recent assistants on the coaching staff helped create a higher level of expectations for the Wapakoneta student-athletes.

Moyer was asked whether he will retain those assistant coaches on his staff.

“I truly believe you win with people,” he said. “One of the first and foremost things we’re going to do will be to find the best coaches we can bring to Wapak and this football program.

“The state of Ohio won’t allow us to recruit players but they’ll allow us to recruit the best coaches we can find. At the end of the day, it’s about building relationships with kids and staff. That will be critical as we move forward.”

Moyer and his family have decided to hold a gathering with the high school’s prospective players and parents for the 2014 season Saturday.

Moyer is already aware about how much Wapakoneta cares about football and to the great extent people are supporting his new role.

“The support I felt from the administration right away was critical, in terms of if you’re going to be successful, you have to have support from the administration,” he said. “Everybody from the top down has been very good to me. I’m very grateful. I’m excited for it.”

Moyer, his wife, Erin, and their three sons, Peyton, Caleb and Tyler, attended the board meeting Tuesday and later made an appearance at the varsity boys basketball sectional game in Lima.

Another fan of Wapakoneta football will arrive in May, as the Moyers are expecting their fourth child.