Thomas More Coach Resigns to Take High School Job
Thomas More College head football coach Jim Hilvert has resigned from the school and will take over the head-coaching vacancy at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati.
On Tuesday, LaSalle coach Nate Moore left that school to join traditional powerhouse Massillon High School in Canton, OH where hall-of-famer and Cincinnati Bengals founder Paul Brown began his football coaching career. LaSalle won a state championship last season.
Hilvert leaves the Thomas More program after becoming the winningest coach in the college's history. He coached eight seasons with the Saints and accumulated a record of 67-19 during that span. He earned the President's Athletic Conference (PAC) Coach of the Year honors and six PAC titles. He reached the Division III playoffs three times and in 2011 guided Thomas More to their highest ever ranking in school history when they received 805 votes in the American Football Coaches Association Top-25 and were ranked sixth in the nation after week four of that year.
“Coach Hilvert is the winningest coach in Thomas More College history and he will forever be a legend for Thomas More football. We appreciate all he has done to continue the tradition of Thomas More College as one of the premier programs in Division III. Along with our Athletic Director Terry Connor, our assistant coaches and student athletes who have made this program what it is, we will continue the great legacy left by Coach Hilvert. We know that he will be a friend of the TMC program for many years to come. We wish him and his family the best of everything as he goes to an outstanding high school here in the Cincinnati region. We’ve always had an excellent relationship with LaSalle High School and we now know that it will only be made stronger,” said President David A. Armstrong, J.D.
“I want to thank Terry Connor and Sister Margaret Stallmeyer for hiring me eight years ago, as well as President Armstrong for his support the past two seasons. It has been an unbelievable journey. The success I have had at TMC is a credit to my coaching staff and players. I will always remember the great friendships I have made throughout the time I have been at TMC. GO SAINTS!" wrote Hilvert in a statement.
Thomas More will immediately begin a national search for the head football coach position.
Thomas More College’s 25-year program record is 183-73 (.709), the winningest program in Division III by win percentage.
“We have an impressive group of student athletes returning and we expect them to continue their dedication on and off the field,” said Connor.
Bryan Burke, associate editor
Photo: Jim Hilvert