ROSEVILLE — Mike Mahar helped the Warren Woods Tower football program end a playoff drought, and now Roseville High football fans hope he can do the same for their program.
Roseville Community Schools officials announced Jan. 30 that Mahar has been selected to take over the program.
Mahar served as head coach at Tower from 2012 to 2014, posting an 18-12 record overall.
He guided the Titans to the postseason in 2013 and 2014, ending a drought that dated back to 2007.
The program’s eight wins in 2014 are tied for its second-most in a single season.
Mahar, who has also served as offensive coordinator at St. Clair Shores Lakeview and Fraser High, said in a prepared statement that he wants to bring excitement and enthusiasm to the Roseville program.
“My drive is to be able to teach kids about the game of football,” said Mahar, who played at Saginaw Valley State University. “The game has given me a lot in life, and being able to pass that on to young kids is extremely motivating for me.”
Mahar is taking over for veteran coach Mel Richendoller, who had been with the team for 17 years.
Richendoller guided the Panthers to four playoffs appearances — in 2003, and three straight from 2009 to 2011. Richendoller went 53-104 in his tenure, including 3-6 last season.
In the process of finding a new coach, Roseville Athletic Director Dennis Borse said that 16 candidates applied and seven moved on for committee interviews.
The committee consisted of district administrators, teachers, coaches, parents and a community member.
Three candidates received a second and final interview, presenting their plans for the program in further detail.
“The committee felt Coach Mahar brings a tremendous amount of football knowledge and experience,” Borse said Jan. 30. “He presented a well-organized program plan that will help Roseville football grow and improve. However, the committee was most impressed with his focus of building and fostering positive relationships and character development.”
Mahar wants to develop a family atmosphere, where players care about each other and the school. He said his success is to be measured in how young student-athletes grow into positive, successful adults.
“We’re going to come in and start the offseason plan very shortly,” Mahar said in a statement. “Our goal is to teach the kids how to work every single day and do things the right way.”