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About Hocking College Football


Football, and the athletic department, started in 2015.  Now in its fifth 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 is looking to bounce back and remain competitive after a 1-9 season in 2018.  Interestingly, in the four years of the program’s existence approximately 40 Hocking College football student-athletes have moved on to four-year colleges to continue their academic and football careers. 

Want to watch the Hawks play but cant get out to the field? This season every home game for Hocking College Football will have a livestream featured on both the Hocking College Athletics and NJCAA websites.

Hocking College Football Coaching Staff
Name                                          Position
- Adolphus (Al) Matthews       - Head Coach
- Craig Moore                             - Offensive Coordinator/ QB's
- Sterry Etheridge                     - Defensive Coordinator
- Willie Bates                             - Linebackers 
- Chauncey Harris                    - Defensive Line
- Karl Justus                               - Offensive Line 
- Adam Thomas                       - Running Backs

Meet the Hocking College Football Coaches

Adolphus Matthews
Head Football Coach


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Adolphus. (Al) Matthews is in his fourth year as Head Football Coach at Hocking College.  He is also the Director of Coaches and Player Personnel. Al hails from Sandusky, OH, where he attended Sandusky St. Mary’s Central Catholic High School.

Matthews is an alumnus of Hocking College and Ohio University. He has an Associate's degree in Political Science from Terra State C.C. in Fremont, OH.  Coach Matthews has been the Hocking College Head Football Coach since 2015 when he started the Hawks’ athletic program. 

He has 17 years of coaching experience. In the first year of the program’s history, Coach Matthews lead the Hawks to a winning record of 4-3. Matthews has a 10-year-old daughter, Bella.

Craig Moore
Assistant Football Coach - Offensive Coordinator/QBs


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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. 

Sterry Etheridge
Assistant Football Coach - Defensive Coordinator


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.

Adam Thomas
Running Backs Coach/Special Teams Quality Control


Coach Thomas is currently enrolled at Ohio University, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Coaching Education and intends to graduate May 1st, 2020.  Thomas received his undergraduate degree from Anderson University, in Anderson, Indiana in 2015. After undergrad, Coach Thomas taught as an elementary/middle school Physical Education and Martial Arts teacher for four years before taking on his first year of college experience at Hocking College in 2019. He also serves as a Student Advisor/Tutor for the student body and athletes at Hocking College for Trio Student Support Services. 

Coach Thomas has had the honor of coaching three seasons of elementary, middle school, and high school football and track and field in Indianapolis, Indiana Public Schools at Kindezi Academy, Ignite Achievement Academy, and  Thomas Community Carr Howe High School. Coach Thomas has over 10 years’ experience in Sports Performance Development Training and Certified Speed and Acceleration Trainer through the National Sports Performance Association.  

Coach Thomas played 14 years of football, one season of rugby, and one season playing for the Rivals Professional Football League in 2014.

Coach Thomas has two children: Noah Thomas, 6, and Violet Thomas, 5 months.

Chauncey Harris
Defensive Line Coach

Coach Chauncey Harris brings over eight years of successful coaching experience to Hocking College. He played high school football at powerhouse Warren G. Harding High School and then earned a scholarship to Ashland University. After a college career cut short by injuries, he began coaching shortly after at Liberty High School as a defensive-line coach. One year later he was promoted to Defensive Coordinator, where he had the best statistical defense in Trumbull County for two years in a row. Harris has also coached at East High School, Chalker High School and his Alma Mater, Warren G. Harding High School. Many of his former players now play for Power 5 schools and other Division I and Division II schools. He is a father of four boys: Justice, Kendrick, Kellan, and Chauncey Jr.. Beyond football, he is all about building character in those he coaches.