CENTENARY, Ohio — Gallia Academy High School has found its next Head Varsity Football Coach. Wade Bartholomew will be set to take charge of the Gallia Academy Blue Devils for the 2013 football season.
Coach Bartholomew has come to GAHS from Huntington Ross High School where he served as their head football coach and math teacher for the past two years.
The Administration from Huntington speaks highly of Mr. Bartholomew and his ability to bring the best out in his students and players.
Coach Bartholomew took a program that had won one game in four years and led the program to a 5-5 record this past season. He has an up tempo system that will create excitement for the community and the athletes.
Coach Bartholomew is looking forward to beginning his new job and introducing himself to the community and to the student athletes as soon as possible. He understands the level of expectation that goes along with this job and is determined to make the District proud, both in the classroom and on the football field.
Coach Bartholomew stated, “’Impossible is Nothing.’ This is a quote I have lived by for 14 years now. I believe that if you put in the time and effort you can accomplish feats that are above and beyond your abilities.”
Currently, Coach Bartholomew and his wife, Diana, have one child, Ashleigh, who is two years old. He grew up in Williamsport, Ohio and graduated from Westfall High School in 2005.
Coach Bartholomew grew up with three younger sisters, his father has been a high school teacher and football coach for the past 29 years, and his mother has been involved in education as an aide for 13 years.
Coach Bartholomew went on to Ohio Dominican University to play football and study to be a math teacher. After his second year at ODU he transferred to Capital University where he graduated in 2009 with a Mathematics Degree. During his college football career he played quarterback for three years.
His senior year he stopped playing football to become the Offensive Coordinator at Logan Elm High School. Coach Bartholomew spent three years as the Offensive Coordinator at Logan Elm. During that time he helped coach JV basketball for two years and was the Assistant Varsity baseball coach for two years.
In March of 2011, he accepted the head coaching job at Huntington High School in Ross County. At that time the football program was on a 26 game losing streak with player numbers in the twenties. Coach Bartholomew started the 2011 season with 50 players and on the up and up.
Huntington finished the year 0-10 but everyone believed that the season was a success because they were much more competitive throughout and finished the year with 50 players.
The 2012 season started with high expectations and a goal in mind to win games. In week two Coach Bartholomew and Huntington broke the then current 37-game losing streak and finished the year at 5-5. Coach Bartholomew’s goal at Gallia Academy is to build and maintain academic excellence and the tradition of success within the athletics and the football programs.
Jim Craft is the Director of Communications within the Gallipolis City School District.