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The Suburbanite
  • Coventry hires former defensive coordinator as head football coach

  • After a month-long process, the Comets hired a familiar face as the head football coach.

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  • After a month-long process, the Comets hired a familiar face as the head football coach.
    Ed Egan, 38, a Coventry defensive coordinator from 1998-2008, finally has his chance to help Comets players and fans realize the dream of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
    His hiring comes of the heels of a disappointing 4-6 season in which Coventry expected to contend for the playoffs.
    “I definitely have high expectations and have been waiting on this for many, many years, and now I finally get my shot,” Egan said.
    Egan’s role as a physical education teacher for 14 years at the middle school, his wealth of football coaching experience and his involvement in Coventry sports as an assistant varsity wrestling coach and the head girls track coach all played a big part in him being the right man for the job.
    “The fact that he was an internal candidate and a teacher were big plusses for him,” said Coventry Athletic Director Neal Kopp. “I think...another strong point that impressed the committee was his enthusiasm and willingness to put forth the focus on a year-round program.”
    While Egan has never been a head coach, he feels he has been training for the position for more than a decade and is prepared to tackle the challenge of being in charge of a football program.
     “I have kind of done a little bit of everything,” Egan said. “I have been a special teams coordinator, run an offense and run practices. This is what I’ve been training and prepping myself for for 14 years.”
    Egan said the news of the hiring has been positive and exciting to the Comets community, including his new players.
    He held a team meeting to introduce himself to the returning Comets and was impressed with the enthusiasm the team had.
    “I spoke to them Thursday morning, and we had 59 kids without freshmen, and they were super excited,” Egan said. “You could definitely tell they wanted to win, were ready to win and that they care. They want to be put into the position to win.”
    Egan’s plans for the football program include both on- and off-the-field tactics.
    First and foremost, his focus is fixated on doing his part to help pass the Feb. 5 levy that would create a new high school at what is now Erwine Middle School, right across from the football stadium.
    “Number one, I have to do my part to help pass the levy, because a lot of things are different if the levy does not pass,” Egan said. “If the levy passes, with a brand new high school right there at the stadium, there could be a lot of good things to happen. But if the levy doesn't pass, then we are talking it going the other way.”
    Page 2 of 2 - He also wants to put players in positions they are best suited for.
    “Last year I was at Garfield and the year before that I was at Field, and we ran the spread at both of those places and part of the spread when I was here,” Egan said. “Whatever it is, I’ve got to take advantage of our athletes. I believe we have speed, and we have athletes, so we’ve got to figure out whatever offense fits our kids.”
    The Comets believe Egan can take the next step in the evolution of Coventry football and turn the program into a sustained success that includes playoff appearances.
    “That is what we are hoping for [that he can take us to the playoffs],” Kopp said. “I think he recognizes what needs to be done to take that next step to go from being competitive, which is what we have been, to go to win some of those contests we have been in but unable to capitalize upon.”