Phil Renforth has been a part of the first 12 Indiana Football Hall of Fame East-West All-Star Classics in one way or another.
That won’t change this year.
For the first 11, the Lincoln High School football coach was either a coach or coordinator.
When he “took a year off” for the 12th installment, he was invited to be an honorary captain and tossed the coin before kickoff.
His role will be a little bit bigger this year.
Renforth was named head coach of East team for the 13th annual mid-June classic to be played June 21 at the Anderson High School football field.
“It is a big honor,” Renforth said. “I’ve been working with the game ever since its inception (13) years ago. Last year was the first year that I had not done anything official, I was just kind of taking a year off. I got to be the honorary captain, which was a nice honor.”
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Renforth will have plenty of local talent to pick from — as well as area coaches.
Three of his own players, including his son Grant Renforth will join him.
“To be the head coach this year, especially with my son and a couple other Lincoln guys, it’s really special for me as a father and a coach to get to,” coach Renforth said.
Tyler Brown and Clayton Harmeyer will also represent the Golden Eagles.
North Central Conference champion Richmond will send Ben Parrish, Justyn Curtis and Jimmy Bailey and Tri-Eastern Conference champion Hagerstown will be represented by Kain Grose, Steven Glover and Coty Bailey.
Parrish, who will play football for University of Findlay in Ohio, is looking forward to a final few plays with his Red Devil teammates.
“That’s going to be the thing I remember the most,” he said. “Especially after the season that we had and all the work we put in to turn the football program around, it’s going to be great to be playing with those two guys again.”
Others from the area will be Luke Shaw of Centerville; Jamie Antonoglou, Brandon Journay and Duran Bocanegra of Union City; Drew Croyle of Winchester; Blake Evans, John Marvel of Connersville; Austin Blake, Richey Rains of Tri; and Donovan Cecil of Franklin County.
“I think it’ll be nice,” Grant Renforth said. “I know some kids from Hagerstown, the kids around the area — we have a couple kids from my school; it’s great to play with them again — it’ll be kind of weird playing with them, but I think it’ll be a good experience.”
Assistant coaches will be Mike Keesling (Richmond), Tom Drake (Hagerstown), Adam Kelly (Connersville), Andy Orem (Shelbyville) and C.J. Miller (Eastern Hancock).
Union City assistant Michael Bocanegra was also expected to help, but had to back out, according to coach Renforth, because of a prior commitment.
The West will be coached by Huntington North’s Trent Fine and coordinated by Kokomo’s Brent Colby. Assistants will be Austin Frost (HN), Ron Shewman (North Miami), Doug Martz (Eastbrook) and Ron Colby and Cameron Colby, both of Kokomo.
The East rallied to win 20-7 last year. The West won 31-18 in 2011.
“One of the better things, besides the number of players, is we also have several coaches that I coach against,” Phil Renforth said. ” … The number of guys from this area that step up and help coach is good to see.”