OVAC game to be emotional time for Eddy
PARKERSBURG — Regardless if West Virginia wins or loses the 74th annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game, it’s sure to be an emotional evening for Mike Eddy and his coaching staff.
Eddy — the now former Parkersburg South High School head coach — will guide the Mountain State and spend the week with his coaches for the final time. He’s accepted a job at Logan High School in Ohio and the majority of staff at South are either staying there or embarking on other opportunities.
“I’ve known a lot of these guys for several years and we all have a great relationship,” Eddy said. “It’s important to be with these guys one more time.”
Knowing that opportunity was big for Eddy when the OVAC extended the invitation to coach in the game.
“The bond of a staff is as important as the bond between the players,” Eddy said. “Our guys are all friends away from football and that makes (coaching) together even easier. It’s definitely going to be an emotional time.”
Eddy and the Mountain State staff will report to Bethany College on Sunday, July 21 to open camp in preparation for the game, which will be held six days later at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Joining Eddy on the sideline will be Cody Nutter, Bryan Youngblood, Joey Lindamood, Matt Kimes and Zach Walls.
Here’s a capsule look at the coaches who submitted information:
Mike Eddy, Head Coach — This coaching veteran has been well traveled in his 21 years of being involved with football.
With 10 years of head coaching experience, Eddy has spent the last six seasons at Parkersburg South, but during this offseason, he accepted the head coaching job at Logan High School in Ohio.
Prior to arriving at South, Eddy coached at Magnolia, Parkersburg and Gallia Academy.
Eddy graduated from Tyler County and Fairmont State.
Mike and his wife, Joni, have two children, Lishea and Avery.
Cody Nutter, Line/Linebackers — This former West Virginia football player has worked on the Patriots’ staff for the past six years.
After graduating from South, Nutter played for the Mountaineers from 2007-11.
Cody and his wife, Jaimee, have two children, Roane (3) and Bayne (11 months).
Bryan Youngblood, Tight Ends/Defensive Line — This veteran coach has been around the block, but he’s worked with Eddy for just three seasons.
Youngblood is well traveled in his career. After graduating from Doylestown Chippewa in Ohio, he attended Ohio Dominican and Blufton Universities. He also graduated from Ohio State and West Virginia Universities with a master’s degree.
He’s coached baseball at Wirt County, basketball at Pendleton County and was part of the 2018 OVAC championship baseball staff at South.
He’s coached football at South for three years.
Bryan and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, Evelyn (14).
Joey Lindamood, Running Backs/Defensive Line — This former South assistant will work under Eddy for the final time during the OVAC game.
Lindamood, who has spent the last several seasons with the Patriots, will join the staff at Warren Local. All told, Lindamood has eight years of football coaching experience. He’s served as an assistant at Parkersburgh and the University of Charleston.
Lindamood — a former standout in football, wrestling and track — graduated from Parkersburg High School, Ohio Valley University and the University of Charleston.
Joey is engaged to Kelsey Snyder. He has two children — Fallon and Abram.
Matt Kimes, Quarterbacks, defensive backs, offensive coordinator — This former Parkersburg Big Red standout has been the chief offensive coach since 2013.
Kimes, who owns two West Virginia state titles as an assistant at Parkersburg, is slated to move to Warren Local for the upcoming season. Along with his football duties, he coached baseball at Parkersburg from 2003 until 2010.
Matt and his wife Kristen have three children, Kendall (10), Karsen (8) and Katyn (6).