Noard Loves Coaching Small School Football

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Jade Noard loves the feeling of coaching high school football on Friday nights in small Midwestern towns.

“It’s the main attraction in the fall. It’s a lot of fun pulling up to these fields, corn fields all around them,” said the Stark County head coach. “It’s what I’m used to. I love it. I think our communities do to.”

Noard is part of a rare situation Stark County. He’s been the head coach since 2005 and has a pair of assistant coaches with over 20 years experience on the Rebels’ staff.

That’s something hard to find in small towns like Toulon and Wyoming.

“It’s a place that likes their football. I’m a small town guy,” Noard said. “Never lived anywhere else
but small towns. I’m comfortable. I’m not trying to get anywhere bigger. It’s been enjoyable here.”

Noard has been on the staff 19 years.

“That’s special,” said senior linebacker Logan Swank. “You can rely on him. He’s been here a really long time With his great success in the past, and going forward. You just trust him.”

The Rebels have made the playoffs 22 straight seasons. So Noard has never missed the playoffs as a Stark County coach.

Assistants Scott Paxson and Dustin Browning are in their 22nd seasons on the Stark County sidelines. It’s clear the coaches on the Rebels staff love to work here.

“We haven’t lost too many guys, a couple years ago, we lost a guy to retirement,” Noard said. “Can’t blame him for that.”

It’s about the only way to find a coaching opening at Stark County.   

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