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EDITOR”S NOTE: This article has been corrected to reflect that the first varsity game is 8/23 @ Harrison with and the first home game on 8/30 vs Lebanon, 7P at Tiger Stadium.

by Chris Ball

Loveland, Ohio – The search for Loveland’s next head football coach was refreshingly short, and they have absolutely found the right man for the job. On June 7 Athletic Director Jayson Bruce announced that Brian Damewood would be promoted and would be the man to lead the program to the promised land in 2024 and beyond.

After the departure of Andy Cruse, who took a job with the Miami Redhawks to assume the role of tight ends coach.

The Loveland Athletic Department  was keen to find his replacement and they quickly named Damewood as the interim head coach. It was only a matter of time, though, before they removed the “interim” tag and made the promotion official. Coach Damewood has many years of experience coaching defensive backs and special teams for the Tigers and is an excellent choice to helm the program in the future. Continuity is important at every level of football but especially in the high school game. The many years of experience that Coach Damewood has living and breathing Loveland’s brand of football means that the team likely won’t miss a beat with him leading them this year.

Loveland finished with a 5-7 record last year, good for 6th in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, though they look ready to improve on that mark next year. The Tigers open the 2024 season with their first varsity game on 8/23 at Harrison and the first home game on 8/30 vs Lebanon at Tiger Stadium with Coach Damewood at the helm and the entire city will no doubt be behind him.


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Christopher Ball is a longtime Loveland resident and an attorney. He graduated from Loveland High School in 2003 and was a member of the football team before going on to become a coach’s assistant at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He has been following and rooting for the Reds and Bengals since the early 1990s and has been through the many ups and downs that fandom has wrought over the years.


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