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LM hires new HS asst. principal/football coach

Posted on: January 14, 2016

LM Athletic Director Tiffany Sawyer and new LMHS assistant principal and head football coach Nate Mahon.

A new face will be seen on the sidelines of Hi-Five Field next fall after the Little Miami Board of Education hired a new leader for the Panther football program at its Jan. 13 special meeting.

The Board voted 5-0 to hire Nathan Mahon, current head football coach at Northwest High School, to lead the Panthers football program in the fall of 2016 and to serve as the new assistant principal at Little Miami High School.  

The 2003 Hamilton High School grad has been the head coach at Northwest since July 2013, where he accumulated a record of 21-12 overall in three seasons. He also took the Knights to back-to-back OHSAA playoff appearances in Division II and won the first playoff game at Northwest in 2013. He also served as a history and economics teacher at the high school.

Mahon graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Indianapolis. While at Miami, he earned a scholarship as a walk-on for the Red Hawks and played fullback. Previous coaching experience includes head coach at Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pa., offensive coordinator at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, a top 10 program in the state of Pennsylvania, and assistant football coach at the University of Indianapolis, where he worked with tight ends and running backs.

Mahon said he was grateful to be selected as the next Panther football coach.

“I’m extremely excited to get here,” he said. "I’m so excited and humbled by the opportunity presented to me and I can’t wait to be a part of this growing community. To me, the Little Miami school district is the total package.”

He said that the recent passage of the district’s levy renewal was a positive sign that the community was heading in the right direction.

“The levy passing was huge to me because it gives stability to the district,” he said. “Not to mention that you have two youth football feeder systems and you just built an in-school weight room as part of the high school. This shows me that this is the right place.”

The Panthers have struggled to find wins over the past two seasons, going 3-16 overall. LM Athletic Director Tiffany Sawyer said that she believes Mahon has the qualities that the community will support.

“I think people only need to meet him once to see the energy he brings to the table,” Sawyer said. “We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Mahon said he, his wife Jinene (who is expecting) and their two young children plan to relocate to the area. Mahon was awarded a two-year contract at $83,466 as an assistant principal and a standard one-year supplemental contract at $7,715 for the head coaching position.

The public is invited to a welcome reception for Mahon at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, prior to the Little Miami Board of Education meeting. The event will be held in the cafeteria at Little Miami High School.