NEWPORT - Joe Wynn, an experienced Northern Kentucky high school football coach, has been named head coach of the Newport High School varsity football team.
Wynn, 27, played high school football at Dayton High School and has spent nine seasons as an assistant coach at Holmes and Campbell County high schools under head coach Steve Lickert. Wynn, a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University, will teach in Newport's New Pathways alternative school program.
"I am extremely honored to be the head football coach of the Newport Wildcats and a teacher at Newport High School," said Wynn, who has served as an offensive and special teams coordinator. "I've always dreamed about being a head coach and I'm grateful to Newport High School for giving me this opportunity. Right now I'm just excited to get going."
Wynn was introduced to the Newport Wildcats squad last week.
"Coach Wynn is an outstanding individual who will do a tremendous job coaching our varsity team and overseeing our football program," said Newport High School Principal Kyle Niederman. "When I asked him why he wanted to be a head coach, he told me it was because he wanted to help kids. That really stuck with me. He has a lot of energy and knows how to relate to kids from all walks of life."
Niederman, who played college football for the Thomas More Saints, said he was impressed by Wynn's background and knowledge of football.
"He's an offensive guy who likes to spread 'em out," Niederman said. "He will really utilize our athletes."
Wynn was a running back, receiver and defensive back at Dayton which at the time was coached by Lickert, who was recently named the head football coach at Newport Central Catholic High School.
"I learned so much playing for, watching and coaching with Coach Lickert," Wynn said. "He helped me along the way and really trained me to be a head coach, giving me more and more responsibility over the years we were together. I wouldn't be in this position without Coach Lickert doing all for me that he did."
Wynn has two children, Autumn, 4, and Corbyn, 2.He is engaged to be married to Samantha Waller.