Hertler Jr. led the Vikings for past 19 seasons
Don Hertler Jr. has announced his resignation as Hoover High School’s head football coach, according to a North Canton City Schools news release.
“With my teaching career ending in February, the timing seems right to thank you for letting me go out on my own terms,” Hertler wrote in his letter of resignation, according to the release.
Hertler has served as the leader of Hoover’s gridiron program since 1996, compiling a 136-75 record. During his tenure, the Vikings won seven Federal League titles and made 12 playoff appearances. Hoover advanced to the state semifinals in 2008.
“I would be remiss if I did not thank those who have been supportive of the program and myself during my 19-year stint at Hoover,” Hertler wrote. “First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to the board of education and the administrators for their unwavering support throughout my tenure. Additionally, I would like to thank the teachers, coaches, support staff, band and student-athletes who have made my job a pleasure and a privilege.”
Hoover athletic director Don Shimek thanked and praised Hertler for his service to the football program and the wider school community.
“His leadership style, guidance for our student-athletes and the excitement that he brought to our football program positively impacted our school and the North Canton community,” Shimek said in a prepared statement.
Hertler posted a 202-90 career coaching record.
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