MG grad speaking at coaches’ clinic
By ROB HAMILTON
Mount Gilead graduate Jerry Cooper, the head football coach at Lima Central Catholic, will speak on Friday at the 2013 Michigan Football Coaches’ Clinic in Ann Arbor.
According to the clinic’s tentative schedule, Cooper will speak at 9 a.m. on Friday about “Multiple Concepts Off the Fly Series”.
The clinic will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Multiple high school coaches and members of the Michigan staff will speak during those three days, as will a pair of NFL assistant coaches in Jacksonville special team coordinator Mike Mallory and Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees.
Cooper is a 1977 graduate of Mount Gilead and 1981 graduate of Otterbein. He earned his Master’s degree from Ashland in 1983. He is married to Amy Ann (Mason ) Cooper and they have a daughter, Kayla, and son, Tyler.
He has 26 years of head coaching experience and has built a winning program in all six high schools where he has coached with an excellent overall career record of 227–74.
Cooper’s teams have won 13 conference championships. He’s finished the regular season 10–0 five times and 9–1 seven other years. He has led 16 teams to the OHSAA playoffs, including four final four teams. He also coached his team to a state championship in 2003.