Eastwood's head coach Jerry Rutherford has a word with quarterback Andrew Caris (12) in a 2015 home football game. THE BLADE
Jerry Rutherford, the dean of high school head football coaches in northwest Ohio, has announced he will retire from his post at Eastwood after 35 seasons guiding the Eagles.
Rutherford (227-140 record) met with his team today to inform them of his decision.
He leaves the program in great condition, with many starters returning next season from a 10-2 team that won the Northern Buckeye Conference championship (7-0 NBC) and advanced to the second round of the Division V playoffs.
Rutherford’s teams won 10 conference championships, nine times were conference runners-up, and he led Eastwood to 10 state playoff appearances.
“Words cannot accurately thank him for his passion and dedication to building one of the most respected high school football programs in Ohio,” Eastwood assistant principal and athletic director Jeff Hill said of Rutherford.
Added superintendent Brent Welker: “Coach and his teams were terrific examples of how to win with class, and were great ambassadors for Eastwood Schools.”
The school has announced that Rutherford will be inducted into the Eastwood Alumni Association’s Eagle Way Hall of Fame on Feb. 25.