BRADFORD — Bradford head football coach Curtis Enis, a two-time state coach of the year, resigned this week after four years leading the Railroader program.
Both Enis and Bradford Athletic Director Dusty Yingst declined to discuss why Enis resigned less than a month before the start of the regular season.
“I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say because we did it in executive session,” Yingst said Friday morning, referencing a Monday meeting.
Enis expressed gratitude to the Bradford community and said it was an honor to be the Railroaders’ coach.
“I’ve been blessed to be a part of a lot of great kids’ growing up,” he said Friday night. “I just want the kids to know how much I was blessed to coach them.”
The Associated Press twice named Enis, who was 18-23 in four years at Bradford, Ohio’s Division VI football coach of the year. His first coach of the year honor came in his first season as the Bradford head coach in 2010, and he earned the recognition again in 2012.
In 2010 Enis inherited a program that had a 1-9 record in each of the previous three seasons. He led the Railroaders to a 5-5 record in his first year as the team’s head coach — their first non-losing season in more than a decade.
After a second consecutive .500 season in 2011, Enis led Bradford to an 8-2 record in 2012. It was the team’s first winning season since 1994 and earned the Railroaders their first playoff appearance since 1982 — the second postseason berth in school history. Bradford lost to eventual state champion Marion Local in the first round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association playoffs.
One year after the Railroaders’ historic 2012 season, Bradford went 0-10 in 2013.
In addition to his team’s success, Enis had a pair of first team all-state running backs. Johnathan Barbee was named first team all-Ohio by the AP in 2010 after leading the OHSAA in rushing yards, and James Canan was named first team all-Ohio in the AP in 2012 as he set program records for most rushing yards in a game, season and career.
Enis himself was a star running back. The Mississinawa Valley alumnus was named Mr. Football by the AP in 1993 as Ohio’s best high school football player. He then went on to Penn State where he was one of the top running backs in the nation, which led to him being the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. He played three professional seasons of football for Chicago.
Bradford is in the process of searching for a new varsity football coach.Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and at least three references to Athletic Director Dusty Yingst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 750 Railroad Ave, Bradford, Ohio 45308. Yingst can be reached by phone at 937-448-6575. The application deadline is Thursday.
Bradford will open the 2014 season at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 with a home game against Riverside.