Teays Valley Next Head Football Coach

The Teays Valley High School Athletic Department is pleased to welcome Brian Cross as the next head football coach at TVHS, pending Board approval on January 9th. Cross joins Viking Nation with many years of high school football coaching experience, as well as numerous awards and coaching achievements. .

Cross spent last season as an assistant coach at Westerville Central High School. Prior to that, he held various coaching positions including head football coach at Canton McKinley HS, Columbus Bishop Ready HS, Columbus Eastmoor HS, Olentangy Orange HS, Pymatuning Valley HS and Grove City HS where he spent 25 years as head coach.

The list of his coaching achievements and awards is extensive. A few highlights include Ohio Capital Conference Coach of the Year, AP Division I and II Ohio Coach of the Year, Federal League Coach of the Year, Central District Coach of the Year, Columbus Urban League Coach of the Year, and Ashtabula County Coach of the Year. Additionally, he was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2020.

Cross’ teaching career spanned 33 years, retiring in 2015 as a physical education teacher and overseeing a loan recovery at Olentangy Orange HS.

It’s clear that Cross’ resume speaks for itself, but TVHS athletic director Joel Baker said what caught his attention goes beyond his past experience and accomplishments.

“Brian’s resume was impressive at first glance with the success he’s had wherever he’s trained, but what made him stand out during the interview was his passion for student athletes and playing football,” Baker said.

Cross said he took the position because he was attracted to the composition of the community.

“For me, it’s a mixture of a rural and suburban community. This gives me the opportunity to help develop the football program when they travel to the OCC in 2024,” Cross said. “They have great facilities that are well maintained and I believe in the tremendous support from the community.”

“Bryan will bring his knowledge of football to the program and bring toughness and discipline to the program,” Baker said. “He has many years of coaching experience at the OCC and will use that experience to prepare our team for a move to the OCC in 2024.”

“The most important thing I can bring to the program is a great work ethic and coaching experience in some great programs. We will try to improve upon the great tradition already established,” Cross said. “We want to develop a team attitude first. We will strive to become a physical football team that does not defeat itself. We want to increase the number of players on the team and continue to increase our size and strength with a great gym program.”

“Coach Cross is a great fit for Viking Nation,” Baker said. “He is dedicated to raising quality young people on and off the pitch. He builds strong relationships with players, parents, community and school. His teams will represent the best of all these groups. He builds his programs on hard work, discipline and perseverance, and that is what Viking Nation is built on. He conducts himself on and off the field in a way that the Viking Nation can be proud of.”

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