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Northrop names football coach


– Jason Doerffler, who was hired Tuesday as Northrop’s football coach, knows things won’t always be easy.

The key, he said, is to make sure you learn from each day.

“The biggest piece of advice my father has given me through the years is to always be learning,” said Doerffler, whose father, Dean, coached Northrop from 1984 to 1993 and Concordia from 2001 to 2009.

“When I first started helping out coaching, whether it was football, baseball or basketball, you’re learning how to work with kids and handle this situation or that situation. Whether you handle it right or wrong, you’re still learning.”

Jason Doerffler, who teaches social studies, has spent four years as an assistant coach at Northrop, the last two as offensive coordinator under Tim Martone, who resigned Nov. 14.

Jason’s uncle Buzz coached Northrop from 1971 to 1983. Another uncle, Dale, coached North Side from 1980 to 1996.

“Heading in, I obviously am excited, first of all,” Jason said. “Also, I’m humbled because I know how hard it’s going to be. I’ve seen my dad and my uncles go through it and know how much time and effort it takes. I’m all in. I’m pretty excited about this.”

Jason, 26, was an all-state quarterback at Concordia and played baseball for IPFW.

“The interview committee was very impressed with his vision of strategy, game management, and discipline,” Northrop athletic director Bob Shank said in a press release.

“He has a high football IQ and great moral character. Jason is diligent in his preparation, demonstrating excellences both in the classroom and playing field. We feel he has a plan to achieve great things.”

Last season, the Bruins went 2-8 and they haven’t finished .500 or better since 2006, when they were 5-5 under Ernie Bojrab.

“The No. 1 goal is to consistently play hard, all out and be tough – hard-nosed, typical, winning football,” Jason said. “Watch any college or NFL game, and those teams come and hit you and pound the ball at you and do it for four quarters, and that’s the goal.”

Boys basketball

BLUFFTON 55, HERITAGE 50, OT: In Bluffton, Michael Pearson led the Tigers at the ACAC tournament with 15 points.

WOODLAN 83, LEO 76: At Woodburn, Jaylin Bennett and Kadin Gerig scored 25 apiece.

Girls basketball

SOUTHERN WELLS 58, ADAMS CENTRAL 28: In Monroe, Hilary Paxson and Caitie Horton scored 10 points apiece for the Raiders in the ACAC tournament.

LEO 46, WOODLAN 39: At Woodburn, Abbie Heischman led the Tigers with 14 points.

HERITAGE 50, BLUFFTON 43: In Bluffton, Sierra Steffen and Marissa Hofsttetter had 11 apiece.