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Middletown High School Names Don E. Simpson New Head Football Coach

Former Princeton defensive coordinator excited to be a leader for Middie Football

MIDDLETOWN, OH--Middletown City School District today announced Don E. Simpson as the new head varsity football coach at Middletown High School, pending board approval. Simpson boasts many years coaching football, most recently as the defensive coordinator at Princeton High School.

“Coach Simpson brings a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm with him to Middletown. He is a kid-first guy and understands the importance of building positive relationships with our students, parents, and community. He has been a part of many other successful programs and will have an immediate impact working with our student-athletes to help them achieve their goals. I am confident his leadership will help bring on a resurgence to the Middletown Football program,” said Aaron Zupka, Athletic Director at Middletown High School.

Simpson, a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Corrections from the University of Cincinnati (UC).  A 1997 graduate of UC, Simpson played defensive back in college under head coach Rick Minter.  Before coming to Princeton High School, Simpson served as the Defensive Coordinator at Deer Park for a year and spent six years as Defensive Coordinator at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA).

As the Defensive Coordinator at Princeton High School this past year, Simpson's team produced a school record 20 turnovers.  While at CHCA, Simpson helped advance the varsity football team to the playoffs six times and to the Regional Semi-finals five times. In 2014, the CHCA Eagles were Regional Champions and State Semi Finalists. Additionally, many of his players advanced to the collegiate level (Div 1, 1AA, DII, DIII, and Ivy League) to universities such as the University of Alabama, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Brown University.

“I am very excited about becoming part of the Middie family--to have the opportunity to help students reach their full potential on and off the field is a responsibility I take very seriously,” said Simpson. “I’m looking forward to joining the Middletown team and getting to work.

On December 18 at 6:00 PM, please join the Middletown community at the Board of Education meeting where the Board will formally approve Don E. Simpson as the Middletown Head Football Coach.

As Middletown High School ends one era and begins another, Mike Dyer reaches back into Middie lore to share reflections of an illustrious history.  Check out the link below to get the "rest of the story":

(Wade E. Miller Tradition - Mike Dyer Reflections)

GMC congratulations to Middie Athletic Director Aaron Zupka on orchestrating an outstanding community celebration.

DICK'S Sporting Goods appreciates excellence in the Greater Miami Conference saluting the GMC Chess Player of the Year, Anagh Kulkarni and Coach of the Year,  Keith Breckenridge both hailing from Mason.  Congratulations on a great season and yet another GMC title.

After two rounds of head to head competition, the Mason Comet chess team narrowly bested the Sycamore Aviators to claim the Greater Miami Conference crown for 2017-18.  Mason has now won 6 of the last 7 GMC Chess titles.


The Greater Miami Conference experienced a fantastic fall season qualifying four teams to the Regional OHSAA playoffs. Without question, the quality of athletes in the GMC is amongst the very best in all of Ohio. This was evidenced by numerous GMC players being selected to All-Ohio squads.

First Team All-Ohio Offense

Matt Sora - Running Back - Mason

Jack Carman - Offensive Line - Fairfield

First Team All-Ohio Defense

Malik Vann - Defensive Line - Fairfield

Dan Bolden - Linebacker - Colerain

Javon Hicks - Defensive Back - Colerain

Second Team Defense

Zaid Hamdan - Defensive Line - Mason

Third Team Specialist

Chris Mangold - Kicker - Colerain

Honorable Mention

Tate Goodyear - Sycamore

Dillon Stone - Hamilton

Patrick Tueimeh - Sycamore

For a complete listing of the All-Ohio Football Team, please check the link provided below:

(All-Ohio Football Squads)

Congratulations to all these GMC performers on a job well done! GMC Proud!!

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