Aquinas football coach leaving

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Aquinas football coach Bill Tenore has accepted a job at his alma mater in Ohio, where he will become just the school’s third football coach in more than 40 years.

Tenore will be the new coach at Badin High School in Hamilton, just north of Cincinnati. He graduated from the school in 1988.

The Irish were 3-7 in both of Tenore’s seasons, the high point coming when they won three in a row to close the 2007 season.

“Long term, this is the best fit for me,” said Tenore, who is also the athletic director at Aquinas. “It’s where we belong. All my roots are there. Under different circumstances, I would have been here for a long time. The Aquinas community has been great.”

At Badin, Tenore played and was an assistant coach under Terry Malone, a coach who is 20th nationally in all-time wins (360), according to the 2009 National High School Sports Record Book. Malone, Ohio’s all-time winningest coach, was at the school from 1956-2003 (career record: 360-117-8).

Aquinas’ change is the latest in what has been a year of turnover in Region 4-A. Of the six schools who played a region schedule a year ago, half will enter the fall under a new leader. Lee Hutto moved from Warren County to Washington-Wilkes, and Marleau Blount replaced Hutto in Warrenton.

Tenore said he will remain at Aquinas through the end of the school year, but his assistants will run spring practice. He said he expected the school to name a new coach by May.

“We’re really early in the stages of replacing (the football coach),” Tenore said. “It’s all in the hands of the principal.”

Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or matt.middleton@augustachronicle.com.

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