NEWTON FALLS — Michael Gillespie is back on the Newton Falls football sideline — as head coach.
Gillespie was hired at Thursday’s board of education meeting on a supplemental contract as varsity football head coach.
Gillespie is a retired 35-year special education teacher from the district who was a football coach and athletic director when he was a teacher. He compiled a record of 51-67-2 in 12 seasons from 1979 through 1990.
Gillespie replaces Josh Franke who was 5-25 in three years as the Tigers’ coach, including a 3-7 record this past season.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.