Stiles hired as UL football coach

Another Ohio Valley head football coaching job has been filled.

The Union Local Board of Education voted 3-1 late Thursday night to name Bruce Stiles as the Jets new gridiron boss.

Stiles, a 1981 graduate of the Morristown-based school, replaces Mark Cisar who resigned in mid-November after seven seasons.

“I’m excited and thankful to the board for this opportunity,” Stiles said in a telephone call. “I’m ready to go.”

This isn’t Stiles first head coaching position, as he replaced Mickey Blatnik as the St. Clairsville girls’ basketball coach in 2009. He held that post for two seasons before stepping down to spend more time watching his daughter, Carlee, who is a senior on the Lady Jets’ hoop squad this winter.

A 1986 graduate of Salem College, Stiles has served as the Red Devils’ defensive coordinator for the past several years.

Stiles will be inheriting a Jets team that has only won twice in the past three seasons, a mark that led to Cisar’s stepping down.

“I’m well aware of their past,” Stiles said of the 2-28 record. “But that was the past and we want to move forward.”

After a highly successful prep career at UL, Stiles went on to Salem College where he earned all-WVIAC honors as a defensive back.

He was a 3-year starter for the Tigers and played under Terry Bowden.

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