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Grube tabbed as next K-D head coach

STAFF REPORT

The South Eastern School District school board approved the hiring of Christopher Grube to become the next head coach of the Kennard-Dale football team on Thursday night.

Kennard-Dale Rams

The Rams are coming off a season in which they went just 2-4 in York-Adams Division II play and 3-7 overall. In the middle of the 2015 season, Grube and Eric Updegrove took over as co-head coaches, replacing former head coach Patrick Weider, who went just 2-12 in 14 games as the team's coach.

Under the regime of Grube and Updegrove, the Rams showed much more promise over their final six games of the season. In that span, they went 2-4, matching their entire win total under Weider, but doing so in less than half the number of games. The Rams still ended the year allowing 308 points (30.8 ppg), compared to scoring just 189 (18.9 ppg).

But, even with the glimpses of improvement under the coach-by-committee method that K-D ended the 2015 season with, Grube will still have a tall task ahead of him in 2016.

It's been five seasons since the Rams last made the District 3-AAA playoffs, doing so back in 2010, when the team went 5-5 in the regular season, 4-1 in Division II play, before losing in the first round of the district playoffs. In the program's history, K-D has only ever made the District 3 playoffs three times. In the years since that the 2010 campaign, the Rams have won just six games in that period, with half of them coming this past year. The team won two games in 2011, zero in 2012 and one in both 2013 and 2014.

If there is any added benefit to Grube's hire, it could be that since he was already previously involved with the team, he's already built a relationship with many of the players on the team.

Kennard-Dale is the second school in the Y-A League to hire a coach this week, after New Oxford approved Greg Bowman to be its next head coach on Monday night. Now, with the approval of Grube, only four schools in the league remain without a head football coach — Eastern York, York Tech, York High and, most notably, Central York.