Norwalk hires Todd Fox as head football coach

Mark Hazelwood • Updated Feb 23, 2018 at 3:25 AM

NORWALK — As a lifelong resident of Huron County, Todd Fox had always been intrigued by the Norwalk football program.

Now, he’s getting his curiosity will get answered along the front lines.

Fox, a 1991 Willard graduate, was officially hired in a special board of education meeting Thursday night as the head football coach of the Truckers. He will also serve as the guidance counselor for grades 4-6 in the Norwalk school district.

“I’m still wrapping my head around the whole idea of changing schools — but I’m excited about this opportunity and community,” Fox said. “It’s going to be an adjustment for me in terms of getting here every day, but I’m excited about what this community brings to the table and what we can achieve together.”

Fox has been the head football coach at Division VII Tiffin Calvert for the past eight seasons, where he has had a great run of success.

The Senecas went 56-36 in his eight seasons as coach, with seven straight playoff appearances. Fox’s teams won first-round games in six of those seven seasons, including five straight years from 2011-15.

In 2017, Calvert went 8-4 and were SBC River division champions. The Senecas lost to Associated Press poll champion St. Paul in the second round of the playoffs at Fremont.

As a player (1988, 1990) and an assistant coach (1999, 2001, 2002, Fox has been a part of all five Willard playoff appearances under Terry King and Chris Hawkins. He went to Baldwin Wallace University, then returned to his roots and was an assistant football coach for the Flashes from 1995-2007.

Also a wrestler at Willard and BW, Fox was the head wrestling coach of the Crimson Flashes from 1999-2009. In that time, the program had three individual state champions, 13 state players and 29 state qualifiers.

As members of the Northern Ohio League with Norwalk, all that experience made Fox familiar with the school’s athletic programs.

“When this position opened up — it’s always been an intriguing position to me,” Fox said. “Growing up in Huron County my entire life minus four years of college, where I’m at in my career and where I want to go to, this feels right.

“I’ve watched how the program has developed the last few years, and I think the school and overall spirit and direction of the school is something I want to be a part of and do my part to continue it,” he added.

Fox will have to hit the ground running, as March quickly approaches.

“First and foremost I want to develop a relationship with the kids in the school and as many people as I can in terms of getting the numbers to where they need to be,” he said. “I think they’ve had a great turnout in the past, we just want to make it better and keep developing it.

“This is a key time of the offseason in terms of getting our guys bigger, faster and stronger,” he added. “And, it’s also an important time as far as developing the team unity we want to build here at Norwalk.”

On top of offseason duties, the new coach gets to navigate what is possibly the most challenging schedule in the history of the program.

The Truckers play Mansfield Senior, Creston Norwayne, Port Clinton, Edison and Shelby in their non-league games. In the SBC Lake division, stalwarts such as Bellevue, Clyde and Sandusky set the bar.

Seven of the 10 opponents on Norwalk’s 2018 schedule are coming off playoff appearances.

“It’s actually exciting to me,” Fox said of the schedule. “Yes, I’m going from the bottom in terms of enrollment to the big schools. But we always prided ourselves at trying to put together the best non-league schedule we could put together at Calvert.

“This goes back to my days of coaching wrestling, you only get better by playing the better teams — but it’s going to be a daunting task,” he added. “Mansfield Senior is a different animal, but I think there is a lot of excitement here — so why not start that way?”

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