O'Hara thrilled to be a Royal

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A football head coach again for the first time in seven years, Jim O’Hara couldn’t be happier at Eastern Hancock, where he’ll try to maintain the Royals’ recent winning tradition.

Hired in December following the departure of Pat Echeverria to Zionsville, O’Hara immediately took over for Echeverria as head coach, as well as physical education teacher at the high school.

“It’s been great,” O’Hara said Tuesday. “Love the school, the administration. The kids are great. Faculty is very warm and very engaged and very united, so I feel very blessed to be here. I’ve enjoyed it incredibly.”

After a long career in coaching, culminating with a state championship as Cathedral’s head coach in 2006 and a regional title in 2007, O’Hara took some time away to focus on his health. He returned as an assistant with Noblesville in 2012 and with Anderson last season before jumping at the chance to lead Eastern Hancock, which fell to Tri-Central 20-10 in the Class A State Finals Nov. 29 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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