TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — With less than a month until the 2017-18 sports season begins, Eastern High School has found its athletic director.
At Wednesday’s Eastern Local Board of Education meeting, Joshua Mummey — who is entering his fifth year as EHS math teacher — was hired to lead Eagle athletics into the new season.
“I saw this as an opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Mummey. “With Mr. Fogle and Mrs. Swindler as athletic directors before me, I knew they’d be there to help me with any questions. Mr. Bush will do a very good job helping me out as well, so I know I’ll be in good hands if anything comes up.”
Mummey is a 2007 graduate of Zane Trace High School and a 2012 graduate of Muskingum College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree to teach science and math, while playing four seasons of football for the Muskies.
“When I started here at Eastern four years ago, I was just an assistant football coach,” Mummey said. “The next year I was an assistant football and baseball coach, and then the next year I started the wrestling program. It just seems like I don’t like spare time on my hands. If I’m busy I’m usually happy, and my wife Holly knows that.”
Mummey spent four seasons as an assistant on the Eagles’ football staff, but won’t be returning to the sidelines this season. He was an assistant under current EHS head coach Pat Newland and former Eastern skipper Doug Bresciani.
For the past three seasons, Mummey has been an assistant coach on the EHS baseball team, under the guidance of Brian Bowen.
In the 2015-16 school year, Mummey formed the EHS wrestling team, of which he has been head coach for both seasons. EHS grapplers will enter their this season on a new mat, which was used at the 2017 OHSAA state tournament.
“I want students to be able to understand the life lessons that come from sports,” Mummey said. “Win or lose, there’s definitely a lesson to be learned. Whether its on the field, in the gym, or in the classroom, we need to be putting forth full effort into everything. At Eastern, I don’t think that’s an impossible thing to accomplish. There’s a great community here with some great kids and I really enjoy every minute I’m here.”
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.