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Totheroh will be coaching the Titans this season.
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Totheroh will be coaching the Titans this season.

STRAUGH, Ind. – Andrew Totheroh knew he wanted to be a football coach since his senior year in high school.

And his goal came to fruition at the start of this month when he was offered the head football coaching position at Tri High School.

It all started as a freshman at Crawfordsville in 2005 when he first stepped on the football field. He said Coach Rex Ryker was a big part of his development.

“I remember coming in as a freshman and he took me under his wing and taught me a lot about what it takes to be a linebacker and what it takes to lead a defense, so to speak,” Totheroh said.

Throughout his four years at linebacker, Crawfordsville went 21-21.

“There’s different aspects of different coaches you’ve had in the past that combine together into your coaching style,” Totheroh said. “I can tell there’s a style of Coach Ryker in me already in terms of how I coach.”

Ryker, now the assistant superintendent at Crawfordsville, said Totheroh did anything asked of him.

“Andrew was a very coachable player and he always wanted to do everything right and he worked to do everything the best he could,” Ryker said.

This mentality went with him to college where he played football for Manchester College from 2008 to 2012. He majored in exercise science and went on to get his Master’s Degree at Indiana State for physical education and coaching.

After graduation, Totheroh spent a season as the linebacker coach at Crawfordsville before heading up to Terre Haute North to be an assistant coach for two seasons. Last season, he was an assistant coach at Southmont and taught P.E.

This season he will take on the head position at Tri, who went 3-8 last year and has not had a winning season since 2007.

“This year’s going to be laying the foundation for years to come,” he said. “I’m not going to set a goal of winning a State championship or Conference championship right off the bat.”

He said he wants to focus on core values.

“Within my program, it’s not just about winning and lose as it is about becoming a good community member, an outstanding community member,” he added. “If you do the things the right way, winning will ultimately take care of itself.”

With practice coming up soon, the transition is a fast one.

“The kids have been extremely accepting of me, they’ve listened and they’ve done everything that not only me but the assistant coaches have asked,” he commented.

The assistant coaches stepped in until the position was filled.

“The assistant coaches already there have done an excellent job of keeping the kids focused while the school was searching for the next leader of the program,” Totheroh said.

Totheroh and the Titans will take the field for their first game at Carroll on Aug. 19. Totheroh replaces Adam Kilian, who coached at Tri for one year.