Ansonia Coach Eugene Hoening along with family shows appreciation to home crowd at naming football field in his honor. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Ansonia Honors Legendary Coach Eugene Hoening

Ansonia Local Schools name football facility "Coach Eugene Hoening Field" in honor of legendary coach

ANSONIA – Ansonia Local Schools honored its legendary football coach of 38 years, Coach Eugene Hoening prior to the Tigers Friday night home win over the visiting Arcanum Trojans with the naming of the school’s football facility; Coach Eugene Hoening Field.

“I like to think I had a lot of great coaches through the years,” Hoening said. “Good coaches, guys who treated kids right.”

“Ansonia boys always work hard at whatever you ask them to do,” added Hoening. “They’ll go as hard as they can for as long as they can. They just have a tremendous work ethic.”

Coach Hoening returned this season as an assistant coach under first year Ansonia head football coach Adam Hall, an Ansonia alumni player under Coach Hoening.

“There is no one who deserves it more than Coach Hoening, there’s no one who has given more to Ansonia in general than Coach Hoening,” said Coach Hall. “Coach Hoening is a great football coach, we benefit from having him on our team, our guys love having him on the team, he’s great for us, he’s great for me, and as good as a football coach as he is, he’s a better person and that’s the thing about coach – he deserves every bit of credit he gets.”

Coach Hoening took time for a few quips from his 38 years at the helm of the Tigers successful football program.

“Football is a challenge, it’s a grind. Often times it’s not fun but guys like the challenge.”

“Football is not a democracy. If you’re the head coach you may not be always right but if that is what you believe, that’s what you do.”

“There are challenges but you just deal with it and go on. Every week is a new game, you prepare for the next game.”

Ansonia honors Coach Eugene Hoening at Friday night home football game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Coach Eugene Hoening Field. (Dan Stockton photo)
Coach Eugene Hoening Field. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ansonia Coach Eugene Hoening gives players a big smile at Ansonia football field naming honoring the 38 years of head coaching service. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Coach Eugene Hoening honored at Friday night varsity football game with Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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