KENTON — Maty Mauk has been in Missouri the last two years.
Now his father, Mike Mauk, is heading out to the Show Me state.
Mauk, the longtime coach at Kenton, stepped down at Kenton on Friday to take the head coaching position at Springfield (Mo.) Glendale High School.
“Mike talked with the team and I talked with him,” Kenton superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said. “It’s official from him. It’s a loss for the Kenton community. We support him.”
In 31 years at Kenton, Mauk compiled a record of 221-122. This past season the Wildcats went 13-1 and advanced to the state semifinals before falling to Clinton-Massie, 21-20.
Penczarski added that Mauk had his 35 years of teaching in and was expected to submit his retirement papers.
“The reason this came about now was with Ohio changing how its retirement plan (for teachers) works. He has his 35 years in. … I know it was a very hard decision for him.”
Mike’s son, Maty, saw time as the backup quarterback at Missouri, in Columbia, this past season. The starting quarterback, James Franklin, will graduate this year.
Mauk played a lot when Franklin was injured, completing 68 of 133 for 1,071 yards. He threw 11 TDs and had two interceptions. He’s slated to take over as the starting quarterback next year as a redshirt sophomore.
Mauk, a Bath grad, took over Kenton in 1983. He came in after the Wildcats went 4-6 and 1-9 the two years before he arrived.
Mauk started slow at Kenton, going 3-7, 2-8, 0-9, 4-6 from 1983 to ‘86. His first winning record was 7-3 in 1987.
Mauk said when he started that he didn’t feel his team was big or strong enough to compete with a Wing-T offense in the Western Buckeye League. So he began running a wide-open, four wide receivers, one-back offense.
As the offense progressed over the years, Kenton often had a five wide receivers, no-back look.
Kenton won state titles with Mauk’s son, Ben, at quarterback in 2001 and 2002. Kenton lost in the state title game in 2003.
Over the last seven years, Kenton has compiled a record of 68-16. The last losing record Mauk had at Kenton was 2-8 in 1992.
Springfield Glendale is Division V, which is the second biggest division in Missouri. Glendale finished 2-8 last year.
Penczarski said once she receives the official paperwork, Kenton will post jobs for both the athletic director and the head football coach.