By Josh Brown
BRANDT — Scott Clodfelter likes having the chance to build things from the ground up.
And after 10 years at Beavercreek, he’s coming home.
Clodfelter — who took over a Beaver football program that was 3-37 in the four seasons before he arrived and turned it into a winning program — accepted the vacant head varsity football coach position at Bethel High School … where he graduated from in 1988.
“I look forward to the challenge,” Clodfelter said. “I like to build things. My goal is to bring a Division I program to a smaller school. We don’t have the resources and money that a Beavercreek has at Bethel, but we can still do things first class. We’re going to expect a lot out of the kids, and we know they’ll step up and do the things that are necessary.”
Clodfelter coached at Beavercreek for 10 seasons, taking a team that only had three winning seasons since 1968 at the time and turning them into a feared opponent in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. The Beavers won the Central Division in 2012 — the team’s first league championship since 1985. Clodfelter, meanwhile, is now the winningest coach in Beavercreek history and won numerous Coach of the Year awards — the GWOC Central in 2006, 2007 and 2012 and the Southwest District in 2011, and he coached the South to a North-South All-Star game victory in 2008.
“We didn’t win every game, but the kids always played hard,” Clodfelter said. “I’m definitely leaving there better than I found it.”
In 2004, he was inducted into Bethel’s Hall of Fame — but he said that coming from the school was not why he came to Bethel now.
“I’m a graduate of Bethel, so I have an idea of the tradition that they’ve had,” Clodfelter said. “But (accepting the job) really wasn’t about that. Being from there was not a deciding factor for me. I just think it’s a good opportunity to coach. There’s good kids here, and it’s growing. There’s some things happening here that will help us turn the program around.”
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