Trent Olds, who grew up in Sabina, has been hired as the head football coach at Westfall High School in Williamsport, Ohio.
The Olds name is synonymous with football. Trent’s brother Steven played at East Clinton and won the 2002 Clinton County Lombardi Down Lineman of the Year Award and then went to Capital University to play football. He is now the offensive line coach at Kings, where Trent’s uncle Andy is the highly successful and long-time head coach of the Knights.
Another uncle, Bob, played football at West Point for Army, Trent said. Trent’s cousin Adam played at Ohio State and was a member of the Buckeyes 2002 national championship team.
“Football is in our genes,” said Trent, who graduated from Miami Trace High School in 2007. “As I was going into high school, I knew I was going to be a teacher and a coach.”
Trent’s mother Cindy was a teacher in the Hillsboro City Schools district for 35 years, Trent said. His father Steve has been president of the East Clinton Board of Education. In addition, Steve has worked 29 years in Orient, Ohio, at the Corrections Reception Center.
Trent, who attended East Clinton schools for many years, went to Muskingum University following high school and played football for the Muskies.
“I wasn’t blessed with a lot of talent, but I was always praised by the coaches because I knew what was going on,” he said.
Trent has coaching stops at Kings (one year), Goshen (two years), Norwood (one year) and Mariemont (one year).With his uncle leading the Kings program, it would only seem natural that Trent remain there longer than one season.
“I’ve just been really blessed to be around great coaches,” Trent said. “But I wanted to make a name for myself. My brother is coaching at Kings now. My cousin is head trainer at Kings schools, so that would have been four Oldses there. I had aspirations for making a name for myself. Everybody there kept asking me if I was Andy Old’s son or Andy’s nephew. He’s been a great mentor to me. Andy took me under his wing and showed me the ropes of high school coaching.”
The two remain close today, dining often, and working for the Anthony Munoz Foundation at character camps for underprivileged youth.
Trent applied for the head coaching position at Norwood High School prior to last season but finished as runnerup. “I knew then I was ready to be a head coach. I was ready to move on and start that chapter of my life.”
Following a conversation with Jeff Conroy, who coached Trent at Miami Trace, Trent became aware of the Westfall opening.
“I was ready to move closer to home,” he said. “I’ve been seven years in Cincinnati. I just wanted to give back to the communities that made me a strong teacher and a strong person. Westfall is a similar kind of community. My heart’s always been in home town, rural football.”
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