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Newport Catholic Names Campbell Co.'s Lickert as New Head Football Coach

Newport Central Catholic named Stephen Lickert as its new head football coach.

Lickert has been head coach at Campbell County since 2011 where he compiled a 37-45 record overall, going 5-7 in the playoffs. Last season's Camel team lost to eventual state champion Louisville Trinity in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Lickert replaces Dan Wagner who retired after leading the Thoroughbreds program since 2013 and being a member of the coaching staff since 1980.

Lickert knows high school football success. He is a 1997 graduate of Highlands High School and was a member of the 1996 Bluebirds state championship team and the 1995 state runner-up team.

He went on to graduate from Georgetown College in 2001 where he played football and was a member of the 2000 NAIA national championship team and the 1999 NAIA national runner-up team.

At Campbell County, Lickert led the Camels to two district titles. The 2011 district title was the first for Campbell County in 31 years. His team won the district again in 2012 and he was named Kentucky Football Coaches Association Class 6A Coach of the Year.

Lickert was also head coach at Dayton from 2004 through 2006 where he compiled a 13-18 record, and was awarded the 2006 KFCA District Coach of the Year Award, and the NKFCA Owen Hauck CLIFF Award for leading the Greendevils to the playoffs and a winning season in 2006.

In 2007, he became head coach at Holmes where the Bulldogs won district titles in 2009 and 2010, the school's first since 1978. He was selected as the 2009 NKFCA Owen Hauck CLIFF Award winner and the 2010 KFCA District Coach of the Year. Under his leadership, the team was awarded the Northern Kentucky Officials Association Sportsmanship Award. 

Lickert's record at Holmes was 24-16. His overall head coaching record is 74-79.

“I am extremely excited and blessed to have this tremendous opportunity to become the head football coach at Newport Central Catholic High School," Lickert said. "I want to thank (principal) Ron Dawn and (athletics director) Jimmy Ryan for their commitment and belief in me to lead this tradition-rich program with such a proud history and commitment to excellence. My family and I look forward to becoming part of the Newport Central Catholic family and continuing the strong football tradition.”

“We were fortunate to talk to several good, qualified candidates interested in the coaching position," said athletics director Jimmy Ryan. "We believe Stephen’s coaching experience and proven success stood out and feel he will make for a smooth transition for our football program.” 

Lickert lives in Fort Thomas with his wife Sarah, and his sons, Finn, 5, Carter, 3, and Nolan, 1. 

Lickert plans to meet with the NCC football team this week.

-Staff report

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