GREENVILLE – Greenville head varsity football coach, Aaron Shaffer, a GHS alum received unanimous board approval to take over as the new athletic director for the Green Wave sports programs.
After a stellar GHS high school football career serving as team captain, earning first team All-League GMVC honors his junior and senior years and second team All-Ohio as a senior, Shaffer went on to play football for Wittenberg University where he was a four-year letter winner, a three year starter at offensive tackle, named two-time First Team North Coast Athletic Conference; was a two-time All-American and was First-Team Hewitt-Packard and Second-Team Don Henson’s Football Gazette.
“I love this place, I love my school, I love my home town,” said Shaffer. “I look forward to working with the other coaches and continue to build relationships.”
Coach Shaffer’s career has taken him to various locations before returning to his roots along with his family to take over the football program.
“Through my life I have always been somebody that identified situations where I think I can help,” Shaffer said. “Through the early part of my career it’s been at various places on a football field and in the classroom. I think early on it’s going to be difficult to move out of the classroom – the things that I have done for 20 years; you get up in the morning, you go to school, you stand in front of kids and you teach them different things. Early in my career it was language arts and now its mathematics.”
“On the football side of it, it’s been every August for 35 years from the time I was seven until now,” added Shaffer. “You’re looking at August, baseball is over and football starts.”
Shaffer takes over as Greenville leaves the GWOC and steps out into the new startup Miami Valley League (MVL).
“It’s definitely going to be neat,” Shaffer said of the MVL. “Being able to get in with that, the athletic directors in the schools that we’re working with – schools that I am very familiar with whether it be from my time here as an athlete back in the old GMVC days, or as a coach here in Greenville and Fairborn.”
“Fairborn I am obviously familiar with – Xenia, West Carrollton and Stebbins,” continued Shaffer. “Those are all schools that I competed against in a previous stop, so those guys that I will be working are a few of those athletic directors that I know fairly well.”
Not only does the new position bring change for Coach Shaffer, but his family as well; a coach and family that is often seen at multiple sporting events throughout the three sporting seasons.
“My family and I have always been very supportive of the other sports,” Shaffer stated. “In the fall volleyball matches and soccer matches. There have been times we sneak down to the baseball and softball diamonds in the spring and track meets and dang near every basketball game we can get to – wrestling matches. We’ve always tried to be supportive here outside of the thing we were doing as a teacher, a coach, students, mom and just doing the things that you do to support the kids and the community that you work for.”
“There will be a different role,” added Shaffer. “I won’t get to go sit in the stands so to speak and watch basketball and volleyball and track meets and so forth – but it will be rewarding in other ways, so I am looking forward to the opportunity.”
Coach Shaffer was quick to thank all involved as he moves into this new chapter in his and his families lives.
“I want to thank my wife (Jessica),” said Coach Shaffer. “My wife has always known me in several capacities; one, when we met in college I was a football player and then immediately right in as a football coach.”
“The transition that is going to happen in our personal lives is going to be a lot. She supported me all along and I love her for that. I know there will be some things come off of her plate that she helped with as the football coach’s wife, but there will be other things that will come up as we go along here that she will be able to help with.”
“My children … it’s going to be change for them,” continued Shaffer. “They have only know me as coach and that’s going to be different … it’s hard.”
“I want to thank the people that I work with – my coaches,” Shaffer said“. “They have all been supportive, the administration, Mr. Mortensen, Rhonda, Sandy – working with those people. Mr. Fries obviously. I’ve know Mr. Fries for a long time. He was my guidance counselor and baseball coach, Mr. Hughes, all the people that helped me along the way.”
“It’s going to be a challenge I know, but I like having a challenge and working hard for a goal; to move this athletic department and our school district forward. It’s exciting times with the new conference and I feel confident that I will do the very best that I can. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Coach Aaron Shaffer becomes new Greenville Athletic Director after receiving unanimous approval from the Greenville Board of Education. (Gaylen Blosser photo)