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Ed Yates Hired To Lead Huntington Huntsmen Football Program

Ed Yates (white shirt) shakes hands following the 2018 Huntington-Paint Valley game. Yates fills the vacancy left by Scott Keller's resignation.

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The Huntington Huntsmen have a new head football coach with the hiring of one of their assistants, Ed Yates. Yates takes over the coaching position left vacant by the resignation of Scott Keller, who has since been added to Chillicothe’s football staff under new head coach Scott Bartholomew.

Ed Yates, Head Coach – Huntington Huntsmen Football Photo by Paradise Ater for Litter Media

Yates has succeeded as head coach in both baseball and softball at various schools, and has been instrumental in successful football programs as an assistant coach. Ed will also remain the baseball coach at Huntington.

Ed Yates communicated with Litter Media’s Mike Smith on why he felt impressed to apply for the football position at Huntington.

“I love the students at Huntington and believe in them in the classroom as well as in sports. I would like to reflect Jesus in everything I do. I want to live a life where they can see someone who’s consistent and real in what they say they believe”, said Yates.

“I want them to see that they can use the game of football to learn life lessons on how to deal with the success and defeats that this life will throw at them. I would like to bring a positive role model figure into their lives that will show them how to become young men who will one day become awesome husbands and fathers to their families.”

Ed says he believes that discipline is what our young people need in all aspects of life. “I want to teach them that being disciplined is freeing. If we are a disciplined team, we will be free of the many negative consequences that come from being undisciplined. If we will keep our focus on taking care of us and doing things right, the other stuff will take care of itself.”

Here is the impressive resume of coaching stops for Ed Yates:
(DC beside the years that I’ve been Defensive Coordinator)…
*Bradford (Kent Shaffer)- 1989, 1990
*Greenfield McClain (Troy Dawson) – 1991
*Adena (Jake Grooms) – 1992, 1993
*Madison Plains (Tony Brake) – 1994 (DC)
*Adena (Howard Zody) – 1995, 1996, 1997
*Adena (Paul Thomas) – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
*Chillicothe (Ron Hinton) – 2016
*Huntington (Scott Keller) – 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Baseball- Head Coach
*Madison Plains – 1995
*Adena – 1997-2007, 2011-2012
*Huntington – 2018 – Present

Softball – Head Coach
*Adena – 2009, 2010

Cross Country – Head Coach
*Adena – 2012, 2013, 2014