Pendleton named Ironton head coach
HUNTINGTON — Ironton High School’s football program has a new head football coach.
Ironton athletic director Mark LaFon confirmed through text message Tuesday that 25-year-old Trevon Pendleton was named as the new leader of the Fighting Tigers.
Pendleton, 25, was approved by a 5-0 vote during a special session of the Ironton Board of Education in the high school auditorium Tuesday evening.
The announcement ends a search that had 30-plus applicants and seven individuals interviewed,
Pendleton was on the coaching staff of Portsmouth West — his alma mater — in the 2017 season when the Senators had a 10-2 record.
While Ironton is a big task to take on for a first-year head coach, there is no denying Pendleton’s experience with high-level football — an aspect that led Pendleton to being one of the seven interviewees of Lafon’s during the process.
Pendleton took part in the Baltimore Ravens’ rookie mini-camp in 2016, but broke a bone in his foot during the camp and was released.
Prior to that NFL mini-camp, Pendleton was a standout fullback for Michigan State where he signed out of high school.
During his senior season, Pendleton hauled in a 12-yard touchdown in a 17-14 upset of Ohio State and also had a 74-yard reception — the Spartans’ longest pass play of the year — in a 27-23 win at Michigan.
Pendleton was a three-year starter with the Spartans and became a team leader and captain during his time there.
He was a 6-foot-l, 250-pound fullback at Portsmouth West from 2007 to 2010.
He earned All-Ohio, All-District and All-Southern Ohio Conference honors.
Pendleton’s hire solidifies that the Fighting Tigers have their head coach in place prior to the end of the school year, which might not have happened if the school board had waited until the next scheduled meeting.
Last week, Ironton’s Board of Education unanimously voted to hire Cabell Midland’s Luke Salmons, but Salmons opted to stay with the Knights after consideration.
Pendleton replaces Mark Vass, who coached the Fighting Tigers in each of the last six seasons.
Ironton had a 4-7 season in 2017, prompting the administration to not renew Vass’ contract.