Football Coaching Staff
Craig McCord
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Craig McCord
Head JV Coach/Special Teams Coord./Running Backs

Craig McCord will begin his 12th season at Defiance in 2015 and will serve as head JV coach as well as Special Teams Coordinator and working with the running backs.

McCord began his football coaching career at Ayersville High School in 1974 and started the football program from scratch. In 30 years he turned the Pilots into 12-time league champions, notched five undefeated regular seasons, made eight appearances in the state playoffs and earned a runner-up finish in the state in 1986.

During his 35-year career as a high school coach, McCord tutored 231 all-conference players, 39 All-Ohio players and two Ohio Offensive
Backs of the Year. He also saw 18 of his prep standouts move on to play in the collegiate ranks.

McCord was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in April of 2006 and added another prestigious accolade in the fall of 2011, when Ayersville High dedicated its football field in honor of its inaugural coach.

The list of accomplishments does not stop there however, as McCord was also honored as a Jennings Foundation Scholar three times and received the 200-Victory Award from the OHSFCA. McCord was named The Crescent-News Coach of the Year three times, coached the Defiance Seven County All-Star Game and co-coached the Northwest Ohio Regional All-Star Game.

McCord thrived as a head coach on the basketball court as well, leading the women’s basketball program at Ayersville for 15 seasons. During his tenure, he compiled a 186-143 mark and took the Lady Pilots to the final four in 1992. After the end of the 1992 season, McCord was named as the women’s basketball Coach of the Year by The Crescent-News.

McCord is an Ashland University graduate and received his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.

Craig and his wife, Patti, have three grown children and are the grandparents of nine.

Football Coaching Staff
Craig McCord
Head JV Coach/Special Teams Coord./Running Backs
Casey Goff
Interim Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Aaron Mershman
Academic Coordinator/Offensive Line
Don Lappe
Recruiting Coord./Defensive Line
Mason Espinosa
Stephen Donoghue
Slots/Wide Receivers
Jamal Edwards
Gary Yeoman
Drew Robinson '15
Senior Student Assistant/Equipment Manager
Brad Camp
Intern for Film and Scouting
Nick Eberly
Student Manager