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Hoover resigns as Bald Eagle Area football coach

Ron Hoover talks to his quarterback Jason Jones during practice for the Bald Eagle Area High School football team, August 12, 2014.
Ron Hoover talks to his quarterback Jason Jones during practice for the Bald Eagle Area High School football team, August 12, 2014. CDT photo

Bald Eagle Area football coach Ron Hoover has resigned for medical reasons after two years.

The coach’s resignation was made official at Bald Eagle Area’s school board meeting last Thursday. The Eagles went 3-17 under Hoover, including a 1-9 record this past season. The Eagles beat Philipsburg-Osceola, which finished winless, for their lone win in the second week of the season.

Despite the team’s record, Hoover said he enjoyed leading the program.

“It was just a great experience, and we have great kids,” Hoover said Monday night. “It’s always enjoyable from the last 30-some years I’ve been doing this with different levels.”

It was Hoover’s second stint leading the Eagles.

He was BEA’s head coach for six seasons, finishing with a 21-39 record during that run, which ended in 2001. He led BEA to a 5-5 record in 1998 when the Eagles’ season ended with a loss to Huntingdon in the district semifinals. The BEA alum began coaching for the Eagles as an assistant in 1983.

After his first run as head coach at BEA, Hoover coached the school’s seventh-grade team, helped with the youth program and served as a varsity assistant. He was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator before replacing Jack Tobias in 2014.

BEA went 2-8 in 2014, earning wins over P-O and Huntingdon.

“I enjoy the game,” Hoover said. “And hopefully I’ll get back into it sometime.”

BEA Athletic Director Doug Dyke said he hopes to have Hoover’s replacement picked by the February school board meeting.

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