SAND CREEK — Scott Gallagher was named Monday as the next varsity football coach at Sand Creek.
He replaces Ernie Ayers, who spent nearly four decades as the Aggie head coach.
“I anticipate a smooth transition,” Gallagher said. “Sand Creek is a great place – the community, the students, and administration. Everyone here opened there arms to our family when we came here a few years ago.”
Gallagher, 36, is a 1998 Morenci graduate. He played for both Bill Kohn and Mike McDowell at Morenci, helping the Bulldogs reach the state championship game in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He started coaching at Morenci in 2003. He later helped launch football at Lenawee Christian and took over as head coach at LCS for three seasons before becoming an assistant football coach at Adrian College.
“We are very excited to begin a new era of Sand Creek football under the leadership of Scott Gallagher,” Sand Creek Supt. Steve Laundra said in confirming the hiring.
Ayers stepped down after the Aggies went 9-2 and finished second in the Tri-County Conference. Ayers became the Aggie head coach in 1979 and he built the program into a powerhouse. The Aggies won 14 TCC titles and made 20 playoff appearances under Ayers. They reached the state semifinals eight times and lost in the 1992 state finals, the year in which the Aggies won a school-record 12 games. His record was 273-124-1 overall and 180-72 in the TCC, making him the winningest coach in Lenawee County and TCC history.
With Gallagher’s hire all eight TCC teams now have a head coach. Erik Johnson left Summerfield and became the Britton Deerfield head coach while Summerfield hired Ryan Lefevre to be its new coach. The other five league head football coaches are expected to return.