Ursuline High School is reaching to the past in hopes of bringing back the winning ways to the Irish program.
Dan Reardon was officially introduced as head football coach of the Ursuline Irish Wednesday night at the high school.
He said six months ago, returning to the program that he previously led to three consecutive state titles wasn’t likely. However, family circumstances played a key role in his decision to come back, after leading the storied program at Canton McKinley to the playoffs in each of the last four years.
“There are not many places that I would have left Canton McKinley for and I wish them nothing but the best. It was a great situation,” Reardon said. “They’re gonna have a really good football team next year, and yet, I’m excited to be here. ‘Ya know, there is a lot of familiarity here. So, I think I can accelerate the learning curve on my end, and the coaching staff’s end, from that standpoint. I have a strong sense of what it takes the be successful, And, we’re gonna try to get the kids to buy into that, and the sooner they do, the sooner we will be.”
Reardon was one of 21 applicants for the job. He previously coached the Irish for seven seasons and helped lead them to 72 total wins, five playoff appearances and three consecutive State Titles.
The veteran coach inherits an Ursuline program that finished just 1-9 last season.