Dan Reardon isn’t the first head coach to return to the Ursuline football team. Tom Carey did it back in the 1960s.
The Irish remain hopeful that with Reardon back in the mix, the program will return to championship contention.
In his first season as Ursuline’s head coach, Reardon led the Irish to seven wins and a trip to the playoffs. Four years later, they won them all and then did it again in 2010.
He led the Irish to two perfect seasons and three consecutive state championships.
Reardon spent the next three years coaching high school football in Colorado before later returning to Ohio in 2014 to take over at Canton McKinley.
He inherited a Bulldogs program that went just 3-7 the previous season and turned it into a playoff team each of the next four years. Reardon won 30 games and two Federal League titles along the way.
So, the question was asked… is he a better coach now?
“Like fine wine,” Reardon joked, and then went on to explain:
“You know, you certainly hope you’re better. You know it’s interesting how you evolve as a coach and you fine-tune some things, yet I’m always a guy that thinks that, being a football coach you have to be a lifelong learner and have to evolve with the game.”
This time around, Reardon inherits an Ursuline program that’s won just six games over the last three years. More importantly for the alumni, the Irish have struggled against rival Cardinal Mooney, having lost five of the last six meetings.
“You know, the learning curve for me will certainly be faster than it was the first time around just because there is a lot of familiarity here. So, I have a strong sense of what it takes to be successful, and we’re going to try and get the kids to buy into that and the sooner they do, the sooner we will be.”