January Board of Education Meeting, Rapp Hired

January Board of Education Meeting, Rapp Hired
Posted on 01/20/2021
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The Indian Lake Board of Education voted to hire a disciple of Head Football Coach Dave Coburn to fill his shoes during their January regular meeting. 

After the 2020 season, Coburn stepped down with a total of 125 wins in 24 years, a number of CBC titles and four state playoff appearances. He remains the Indian Lake High School Assistant Principal. 

1999 Indian Lake graduate, current ILHS Social Studies teacher and longtime Assistant Football Coach Jonn Rapp will replace Coach Coburn.

Rapp was a player for Coburn in the late 1990s. For the past 17 years, Rapp has served as quarterback coach, linebacker coach and offensive coordinator for the Indian Lake Varsity Football Team, helping to build the program and sharing in its success.

"I have always said that I never wanted Coburn to not be the coach, but I’ve always wanted to be the coach. If he went for 50 years, I would have been his assistant for 50 years and if he wanted to be done, then I would be more than happy to take over," Rapp says. "He has been my coach, mentor, father-like figure and hero-like figure in my life. I love what he has built at the Lake and I look forward to continuing it and using the lessons we've learned together over the years to take our program to even higher levels of success. It’s an honor and a privilege to take over this program and to have his blessing." 

Rapp has two children, along with several nieces and a nephew who attend Indian Lake Schools. His wife, Valarie, is a teacher at ILMS. 

Rapp knows athletics are an important part of the overall education experience. He says, “I believe sports are a tool that can help teach young adults to become elite people. It can enhance all aspects of their lives. Football reinforces lessons learned at home and school, but also teaches them things that will allow them to be successful in life.” 

In other action, board members considered the 2021-22 Indian Lake Schools calendar that was chosen by staff members and presented by Superintendent Rob Underwood. After a period of public comment, they will vote on the calendar at next month’s meeting. They also accepted a bid to purchase a 78-passenger bus to be delivered this summer. 

Finally, board members received special gifts from the ILMS Kindness Club in honor of January as School Board Appreciation Month in Ohio. The Kindness Club is led by staff members Hillary Wickline and Mandy Tidwell.