Local Sports Journal

Holton High School has hired a new football coach for the upcoming 2014 season.

Jack Nummerdor will take over the program as it prepares for a new look in the Central States Activities Association.

Nummerdor takes over a Red Devil squad that finished 2-7 last season in a CSAA conference filled with much bigger schools.

Holton’s 2014 season will have a different look as the CSAA splits into a two-tiered system that will be determined by student body size. The Red Devils will no longer face the much larger schools like Big Rapids, but will compete against schools similar in size.

Nummerdor played football at Fruitport High School under longtime Coach Steve Wilson. After playing at Hope College under Coach Dean Krepps, Nummerdor served as an assistant on the coaching staff. He’s also assisted at Orchard View, Reeths-Puffer and, most recently, Fruitport.

“Our district was looking for someone who fit the mold of a Jack Schugars or Steve Wilson,” Holton Athletic Director Justin Wilson said. “We think we found that individual in Jack Nummerdor. It was a long and time-consuming process, but we are extremely happy with how things worked out.”

Wilson credited assistant coach Brett Younts for keeping Holton’s weight room and fundraisers on schedule after former head coach Chris Hilliker resigned over the winter.

Holton opens its season against North Muskegon on August 28.