STRASBURG, Ohio - Strasburg-Franklin Local Schools announced Friday morning its hiring of Blake Campbell as the school’s new head football coach.

“I am excited that Coach Campbell has decided to join the Strasburg Tiger community,” Strasburg superintendent Adam Hall stated via a Friday press release. ”His experiences have prepared him well for this opportunity and I am excited about watching our football program grow under his leadership.”

Campbell takes over for former Tigers head coach Curtis Metzger, who resigned last December after four seasons as Strasburg head coach.

Campbell has been well traveled heading into his first season at Strasburg. In 2012, Campbell served as the offensive/defensive line assistant coach at Canton McKinley, before taking over as Uniontown Lake’s defensive assistant coach (2014-16). In 2017, Campbell was hired as Field High School’s offensive coordinator and offensive/defensive lines coach, followed by a two-year stint as Tallmadge’s defensive coordinator. Campbell also took coaching jobs at Revere High School and University High School (Illinois).

“Throughout the interview process, it became very evident that Blake has a passion for [education-based] athletics,” said Strasburg athletic director Gary Spinell. ”Blake understands the many factors involved in building a competitive and successful program and the importance of promoting a positive relationship among stakeholders.”

When asked about how his prior coaching experiences have prepared him for the position, Campbell stated, "There isn't one catch-all approach to success, but each program will contribute aspects that we know will benefit the Strasburg Football program. There are a lot of great things about a program like Strasburg and the tight knit community that supports it. I look forward to becoming a part of that community and helping it reach the potential we all know it has.”

Campbell and his family will be formally introduced at Strasburg’s next board meeting, set for Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the school’s board office.