MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – Lance Schneider was hired as Miamisburg High School varsity football coach at Thursday’s school board meeting.
Schneider was head coach at Northmont, where he turned the Thunderbolts into a powerhouse.
“He’s had 30 years of coaching experience, and 16 as head coach at Northmont,” Miamisburg Athletic Director Jason Osborne said. “He’s had a lot of success coaching against teams the size we play and he’s had success coaching at a school the same size as Miamisburg.”
Starting in the late 1990s, Schneider was an early adopter and innovator of the spread offense in high school. He had a 107-63 record at Northmont before he resigned in 2015 after he came under scrutiny for name-calling in school emails.
“I can get back to my passion and do what I love,” Schneider said. “I’m just grateful for everything. I get a chance to redeem myself, that I’ve learned a lot from the last experience and show it’s been a positive experience. I’ve learned a great deal.”
Northmont won seven consecutive GWOC division titles while Schneider was head coach from 2002-2008 and won another in 2013. Northmont made the high school playoffs eight times.
His program produced NFL players – Zebrie Sanders and Kurt Coleman – and 40 Division I college players.
Scheider’s father, Mike, will be an assistant on the staff and will coach quarterbacks. Mike coached at Miamisburg from 1976-80. He went to Wayne and turned the team into a powerhouse. Lance’s grandfather coached Miamisburg 1952-60.
Schneider would follow former coach Steve Channell, who was coach at Miamisburg for seven seasons. Channell resigned in December. Channell ran the running-focused Wing-T offense at Miamisburg to playoff success for a few years.
“We will look at our personnel and see what we can do best,” Schneider said. “We will have a lot of new starters, and there will be an offensive change. But we’re replacing a good coach, we’re coming into a good program that’s on stable ground. We will do what we can do to move it forward.”