Elks Football Philosophy
Football is a tremendous educational opportunity for any young man as he prepares to embark on today’s world.
It is a vehicle which teaches the values of hard work, self-discipline, perseverance, mental toughness, and the importance of believing in one’s self. Our program strives to provide for all young men the opportunity to develop these qualities and maintain them as permanent parts of their makeup.
Expectations for those involved with Centerville Football are high, as we realize that it is human nature for competitive people to rise up or live down to stated expectations. As a result we feel that all young men within our program will learn to set goals for themselves well above the ordinary.
By expecting themselves to perform well above the norm, consequently reaching goals which previously seemed unattainable, we feel a great deal of self-confidence will be developed by our players. This acquired attitude of expecting excellence of themselves at all times will assist them greatly as they go on to achieve their dreams beyond high school.
“TRADITION IN WINNING”
Centerville Football has long been recognized as one of the premier high school football
programs in the state of Ohio. Over the past 37 years, the program has built a tradition of winning
matched by few Centerville has won 314 games (77% winning percentage) in the past 38 years, while winning 22 Conference Championships. In this same time span, the team has reached the state playoffs 13 times, reaching the regional level every time, and were state runners-up in 1991. In 1986, the Elks finished the season ranked Number One in the state of Ohio.
Centerville football players have received many honors over the years. Included in these awards have been 47 All-Ohio Players and the 1986 Gatorade Midwest player of the Year in Kirk Herbstreit. Numerous Elk players have gone on to very successful college football careers at all levels, including 88 NCAA Division 1 players.
- John Mahon played for the Detroit Lions
- Dave Preston played with the Denver Broncos
- Dave Morrill played with the Cleveland Browns
- Andy Harmon had an outstanding career with the Philadelphia Eagles
- Mike Nugent (2004 Lou Groza Award) is currently kicking for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Packer LB A.J. Hawk (2005 Lombardi)
- FB/HB Will Johnson (Steelers).
The Centerville coaching staff has 200 combined years of experience teaching football. Head Coach Ron Ullery and several assistant coaches have been recognized by the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association and the Ohio Football Coaches Association for their efforts toward Centerville’s success. The varsity staff consists of 13 assistant coaches and the 9th grade team has a staff of six coaches.
The Centerville Football program plays a complete schedule of games on both the JV and 9th grade levels, in addition to its varsity schedule. The Elks are a member of the Greater Western Ohio Conference, which consists of 18 teams. The Elks play their home games at Centerville Stadium, one of the finest high school facilities in Ohio, which has a seating capacity of 8,000.