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A Wildcat Welcome for Gerald Warmack

Posted on: July 6, 2017

He had his eye on Finneytown football players -- but from the other side of the field. Now new head football coach and athletic director Gerald Warmack talks about what he's expecting from his team, and from himself. Read the Q & A.

Welcome, Coach Warmack. Tell us a little about your background.

GW: I taught earth and space science classes at Shroder High School. I was also the dean of students, assistant athletic director and head football and track coach. I have 20-plus years in education, including being director of education projects at Museum Center. I’m working on a master’s degree in education with a concentration in special education.

You’re a resident of Finneytown?

GW: I’ve lived in Finneytown since 2002. My daughter graduated from Finneytown High School.

How did you decide to apply for the football coaching position?

GW: Finneytown has always intrigued me. I saw the kids all the time – we played them at Shroder. I was always enamored with the number of athletes at Finneytown, and I saw that no matter what the score was, the kids played hard.

What are your goals for the football program?

GW: I feel that we can build a program that is highly competitive year in and year out. You already have a great school academically and a great fine arts program. The goal is to bring athletics up to par with that. In schools across the country, athletics helps drive enrollment. For the players, our goal is going to be that all players have at least a 3.0 GPA at the end of the second semester this year. I told them, “Your teachers will respect how hard you work and how hard you play.”

What’s your coaching philosophy?

GW: I believe in servant leadership, in giving back to the community you live in. I want to establish a sense of pride and of commitment to those who have given so much to you. We won’t just be a football team. We’re going to be a service leadership group as well.

We’re going to play football the right way. We’re going to get after people. I want them to be good football players, but I also want them to be good citizens.

So what did you tell your players when you first met with them?

GW: I told them that it’s going to be some work, and that it’s going to take commitment and some self-sacrifice from everyone. And we’re all going to be in this together. The key point is that I truly believe in servant leadership, and kids have to understand what that means – to sacrifice for the good of everyone else.

What do you see in your future at Finneytown?

GW: I’ll be at Finneytown as long as people want me there. I’ll be with them until the end.