Creek coaching staff excited to lead Ohio in OVAC All-Star game
WINTERSVILLE — Before formally accepting the invitation to coach in the 74th OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star football game, Indian Creek’s Andrew Connor wanted to make sure he had a commitment from his coaching staff.
That was a quick and resounding yes from all of the members.
“The guys are really excited,” Connor said. “We have three guys who played in the game, and one (Matt Shreve) who is celebrating his 10th anniversary. That was pretty cool.”
The staff will lead the Ohio squad into the game on July 27 at Wheeling Island Stadium. The coaches will begin work with their players on July 21 when they report to camp at Bethany College.
“We’re going to try to do our part to make sure we hold up our end of the bargain and have these kids prepared to represent Ohio as well as possible,” Connor said.
Slated to join Connor on the sideline are Joe Hammack, Rob Lucas, Mike Voltz, David Kemp, Joe Strohmeyer and Matt Shreve.
Here’s a capsule look at the Ohio coaching staff:
ANDREW CONNOR, Head Coach — This veteran head coach has been patrolling the sidelines at Indian Creek for the last 16 years.
Connor has guided the Redskins to a 98-66 mark during his career and is a three-time Eastern District Coach of the Year. Those accolades came in 2004, 2012 and 2014. He was named the Ohio Division IV State Coach of the Year following the 2014 campaign. He also was the Quad County Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014.
Along with his tenure at Indian Creek, Connor has coached football at Akron Hoban, Catholic Central and Harrison Central. He’s also served as the head track coach at his alma mater, Catholic Central, in his career.
Connor owns a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Akron.
Andrew and his wife, Tiffany, have been married 23 years. They have two children, Zach (22) and Chelsea (18).
JOE HAMMACK, Offensive Coordinator — This veteran assistant coach has spent his entire career working under Connor.
After graduating from Indian Creek and California (Pa.) University, Hammack has spent the last 15 years as part of the Redskins’ staff. Hammack’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed. He was named 2018 Big 22 Assistant Offensive Coach of the Year.
Joe and his wife, Crystal, have two daughters, Bryn and Alyvia.
ROB LUCAS, Defensive Backs, Wide Receivers — This longtime assistant has been a coach at Creek for the last 20 seasons. All told, Lucas has 29 years of coaching experience.
Lucas, who is a graduate of Wintersville High School and West Liberty, was a three-sport standout in high school, shining in baseball, basketball and football.
Rob and his wife, Janine, have three children, Braidy, Avery and Brock.
MIKE VOLTZ, Line — This longtime assistant has been a consistent member of the Connor staff for the last 10 years.
Voltz, who also has coaching experience at Harrison Central, graduated from Toronto High School and Bethany College. During his time at Creek, he’s been a part of 10 consecutive winning seasons, five playoff appearances and an OVAC 5A title last season.
Mike has two sons, Zane and Ryan.
DAVID KEMP, Defensive Backs, Receivers, Quarterbacks — This former Redskins standout is the youngest member of the staff, having graduated in 2012.
Kemp, a former OVAC All-Star player, has been at Creek for three years. Along with football, he coaches middle school track. After high school, Kemp attended Capital University.
JOE STROHMEYER, Linebackers, Receivers — For the past three years, Strohmeyer has been a part of the Redskins’ staff.
All told, he has six years of experience, having gained three at his alma mater, Edison. Along with football, Strohmeyer, who is a graduate of West Liberty University, has coaching experience in track and basketball.
Joe and his wife, Justyne, reside in Steubenville.
MATT SHREVE, Defensive Coordinator — This former OVAC All-Star player has taken over the reins as the Redskins’ chief defensive coach.
Shreve has been working with Connor for four years.
Along with his football duties, he also coaches wrestling. Shreve, who attended Martins Ferry and West Liberty University, was named a captain of the Ohio squad in 2009.
Matt and his wife, Kayla, have a son, Jackson.