WARSAW – Mike Hemming always dreamed of being a head football coach and couldn’t think of a better place to do it than his alma mater.
The 1999 River View High School graduate was officially announced as the school’s head football coach at the April 13 school board meeting.
“My dad was the head coach here for nine years and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Hemming said.
He has 13 years of assistant coaching experience at the high school and college level. Hemming coached at Walsh University where he graduated from in 2004 and at Muskingum University where he earned his master’s degree. He also coached at Maysville High School from 2007-2009 and 2012-2016.
“I was extremely excited when they told me I got the coaching job here at River View,” Hemming said. “I enjoy coaching because I have a passion for the game and making a difference in kids’ lives and that’s also why I teach.”
He returned to River View this school year to be an assistant football coach and an intervention specialist in social studies.
“I want to make a culture change here and get River View back on the winning side of things,” Hemming said.
His first step in doing that is introducing his PMA slogan.
“We are going to have a positive mental attitude in everything we do from the football field to the classroom,” Hemming said.
Another focus of his will be on the fundamentals of football and making sure everyone from the biddy league to the junior high to the high school is fundamentally sound.
“We are going to change attitudes here, keep things simple and let the kids go out and play,” Hemming said.
His staff right now includes: High school – Eric Bickel, Gary Giffin, Tyler McKee, Aaron Smith, Ron Vipperman and Wess Wallace; junior high – Joe Alford, Kevin Fry and RD Mobley; and volunteers – Cal Shrimplin and Dan Winner.
“Those are the ones that have commitment, but it could be more,” Hemming said. “We are getting ready to go, but nothing is going to change without a lot of hard work and a positive mental attitude from everyone. We are already hitting the weight room and I’ve got a camp set up with Maysville so the kids can see how a practice is supposed to run and know what’s expected.”
He’s already met with the high school football players and is working on meeting with the junior high athletes and elementary school students.
“I think we are looking at having 65-70 kids ninth through 12th grade for football, but that could change,” Hemming said. “I’m going to be involved with them all though from the biddy league to junior high to high school so we have consistency. We’ve got to get these kids believing in themselves as football players and get excitement back here to River View.”