Todd Knipp hired as Chesapeake football head coach

May 22, 2019

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Todd Knipp was hired Monday as the Chesapeake High School head football coach.

After a 12-day application process Knipp’s name was recommended to the Board of Education by Chesapeake principal Chris Smith. The board voted 4-0 to hire Knipp, an assistant coach for the Panthers and a a former Rock Hill High School head coach.

The vote came Monday during the Chesapeake Union Exempted Village School District Board of Education during its May meeting. Andy Clark’s resignation was also officially accepted by the board.

Knipp coached the Rock Hill Redmen for 13 seasons with a 49-83 record overall and was 30-37 in Ohio Valley Conference games. He returns to the OVC head coaching ranks after two seasons on Clark’s staff.

According to Smith, Knipp was one of 17 applicants who sought to fill the position. Also at Monday’s meeting, the new coach was confirmed to a fulltime teaching position at the school. Knipp’s football coaching contract is for three years.

Knipp wasn’t at the board meeting and didn’t return a message Monday evening.

Chesapeake assistant coach Ryan Summers said he was sad to see Clark leave, but he was pleased with Knipp’s hiring.

″(Knipp) has a good reputation and is highly regarded,” Summers said. “He’s a good motivator and when he speaks he has the players’ respect.”

Smith said two other applicants were interviewed.

Clark resigned to take the athletic director’s position at Fairfield Union High School in Lancaster, Ohio. Former Fairland High School principal Chad Belville is the superintendent of Fairfield Union Local Schools.

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