Vikings looking for new grid boss

By Brad Morris
SportingPumpkin.com

Teays Valley head coach Mark Weber has decided not to return for a 10th season at the helm of the football program.

Athletic Director Joel Baker confirmed the news early Tuesday evening to Sporting Pumpkin, as Weber elected to not renew his coaching contract for the 2023 season.

“Through his hard work and dedication Coach Weber has built the football program into something the whole district can be proud of,” Baker said. “During his tenure the team was constantly battling for Mid-State League titles and qualifying for the playoffs.

“He wasn’t only focused on winning he probably focused more on turning out good young men who would be successful not just in High School but after, as well. We thank Coach Weber for all his hard work, and he will be missed. He is leaving the program in a great position to be successful in our transition to the Ohio Capital Conference.”

The Capital University graduate is the winningest coach in program history and leaves the helm of the Vikings with a record of 60-31.

Mark Weber led Teays Valley to five league championships during his nine-year tenure as head football coach. Photo courtesy of Scott Iles Photography.

Weber, an assistant on the coaching staff, was elevated to head coach for the 2014 season when Steve Evans left to accept the position as athletic director at Amanda-Clearcreek.

After going 3-7 in 2013, Weber led the Vikings to an 8-3 record in his first season as head coach that included the program’s first Mid-State League Buckeye Division championship since 2005 and first home playoff game. Weber earned Division II Central District Coach of the Year honors for the turnaround effort.

The Capital University graduate went on to lead the Vikings to league championships in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and playoff appearances in 2015, 2020 and 2021.

Teays Valley won its first playoff game during the COVID-19 pandemic season of 2020 when it drubbed Briggs 68-0. Every school automatically qualified for the playoffs that season due to a six-game regular-season.

The Vikings went 5-5 this season, playing a bevy of sophomores and freshmen that should help lead to future success for the program.

Baker said the search for a new head football coach will begin immediately.

Weber file
2014: 8-3, Mid-State League Buckeye Division champions, home playoff game
2015: 8-3, MSL-Buckeye champions, playoff qualifier
2016: 5-5
2017: 8-2, MSL-Buckeye champions
2018: 7-3, MSL-Buckeye champions
2019: 7-3, MSL-Buckeye champions
2020: 3-6, first playoff win in program history (all schools qualified for postseason due to COVID-19 pandemic)
2021: 9-2, home playoff game
2022: 5-5

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