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About Hocking College Football

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Football, and the athletic department, started in 2015.  Now in only its fourth year, football has established itself in the National Junior College Athletic Association as an independent team (not in a conference).  It is the only two-year school in Ohio that offers football. 

Hocking College finished the 2017 season with a competitive 4-6 record.  Also, interestingly, in the three years of the program’s existence approximately 30 Hocking College football student-athletes have moved on to four-year colleges to continue their academic and football careers.

Meet the Hocking College Football Coaches

Adolphus Matthews
Football Head Coach

matthewsa11702@hocking.edu

(740) 753-6590

Al Matthews was appointed Interim Director of Athletics in August of 2016 and then Director of Athletics in July of 2017. In his current role Al oversees all administrative aspects related to the leadership and management of Hocking College Athletics and its seven varsity sports. 

Matthews was most recently the Cheif of Police at Hocking College before assuming his role as Director of Athletics. Al also brings an abundance of leadership and coaching experience on many different levels. 

Al is credited with the idea of starting and athletics program at Hocking College and has been instrumental in the execution of getting the program on its feet. He is a firm believer in the opportunity that athletics at Hocking College brings to young men and women and has a passion for helping young men and women develop into productive society members. 

Matthews earned his Associates Degree from Terra State Community College and is currently finishing his Bachelor's Degree at Ohio University. 

Al and his wife, Denise, have a daughter named Bella. 

Craig Moore
Assistant Football Coach - Offensive Coordinator/QBs

moorec21743@hocking.edu

(740) 753-6507

Craig Moore was hired in August of 2016 as the Assistant Athletic Director and currently serves in a supervisory role overseeing the Cheerleading, Football, and Volleyball Staffs. In his current capacity, he serves as the liaison between the NJCAA, OCCAC and Hocking College to ensure they are operating within the guidelines set forth by the respective governing bodies. 

Craig comes to Hocking College from Federal Hocking High School where he taught Physical Education and was the Head Football Coach. 

Moore, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana graduated from Quincy University with a Bachelor's of Science in Recreation and Sport before graduating from Ohio University with a Master's of Science in Coaching Education. 

Craig and his wife, Jennifer, reside in The Plains, Ohio with their son, Joey, and dog, Auggie. The Moore's are expecting the arrival of their daughter in August. 

Kevin Cox
Assistant Football Coach - Special Teams Coordinator/LBs

coxk28967@hocking.edu

Kevin Cox was raised in Chesapeake, VA, where he attended Western Branch High School. He went on to graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree.

Currently, he is working on his Masters. Coach Cox is in his second year as a Special Teams Coordinator and Linebackers Coach at Hocking College. He brings 24 years of coaching experience to the program. Prior to Hocking College, Cox was an Assistant Football and Track Coach at Fremont Ross High School.

Cox has two sons. The older, Zane, is a former Hocking College football player and is now a punter at the University of Tennessee Martin. Caden is a punter and kicker at York High School in York, VA.

Jeff Oiler
Assistant Football Coach - DBs

oilerg@hocking.edu

Jeff Oiler is in his third year as assistant football coach and head of the athletic program’s first-year strength and conditioning program. Coach Oiler was raised by George and Mary Oiler in Columbus, OH. He attended Whitehall-Yearling High School.

Oiler is an Otterbein University alumni. He received his Masters of Science in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Coach Oiler brings 7 years of coaching experience to the Hawks Football program.

Prior to Hocking he spent 2007 as the University of Louisville Football Strength and Conditioning Coach.  He also spent 3 years with Denison University as Football strength and Conditioning Coach for the Big Red. Oiler has been with Hawking College for 3 years.

He is currently the Defensive Backs Coach in addition to the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Along with coaching, Oiler teaches courses in Anatomy, Physiology, and Fitness. Coach Oiler has an 11 year old son, Shane.

Sterry Etheridge
Assistant Football Coach - Defensive Coordinator

etheridges@hocking.edu

Coach Etheridge was born and raised in Youngstown Ohio, by his mother Emma Etheridge.  He attended East High School in Youngstown Ohio, where he was an Honorable Mention and team captain. He attended Sacramento City Junior College. After leaving Sacramento Junior College he entered the U.S. Army retiring with twenty years plus federal service.  

While assigned in Columbus Ohio he quickly realized he wanted to return to football. First as the President of the Columbus Renegades Youth Organization and  coaching at Northland High school where he served as the Head JV coach and Defensive Line coach on the Varsity. After retiring from the Military Coach Etheridge proceeded to Hibbing Community college in Hibbing Minnesota where he served as the Defensive Line Coach and Lady’s assistant basketball coach.

Returning back to Columbus Ohio to follow his two sons High school and collegiate success. Later coach Etheridge continued his education in the master’s program and returned to coaching football at Briggs High school Columbus City League, while performing duties as the Athletic Director and assistant basketball coach at Capital High School Columbus Ohio.

In 2013 Coach Etheridge was hired as the Defensive Coordinator at Vermilion Community College ranking no. 25 in takeaways in his first season as defensive coordinator. And was hired as the Head Coach the following season, making the MCCAC playoffs three times in four seasons, at Vermilion. Once as the Defensive Coordinator and twice as and Head coach.

Having the honor of coaching two NJCAA All Americans Ashton Elmore and Kory Cullum. Etheridge is the father of Sterry and Akeem.  Sterry was an All American wide receiver at Hibbing Community College and Akeem an All-conference Defensive back at Slippery rock University.  Etheridge earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wilberforce University and his Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic administration from Concordia University.

Robert Thomas
Assistant Football Coach - RB
thomasr31967@hocking.edu
Dustin Jones
Assistant Football Coach - O-Line
jonesd31503@hocking.edu