John Nemec formally hired by University of Akron as Director of Player Personnel

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Record-Courier staff report

As first reported in the Record-Courier, former Kent Roosevelt longtime football head coach John Nemec was formally hired by the University of Akron on Wednesday.

The university announced the official hiring of Nemec as the Director of Player Personnel in a press release.

Technically, the hiring must still be voted and approved by the institution's Board of Trustees, but was first reported by the R-C upon Nemec's retirement from Kent Roosevelt on May 5.

The newly-created Director of Player Personnel position will be funded by donations to the Z-Fund's Gridiron Club, which supplements the football program's operating budget.

"We are extremely pleased to have John join our football staff," Akron football coach Terry Bowden said. "There is not a coach in this area with more experience and better relations within the local high school community. We look forward to utilizing John's vast experience working with student-athletes."

Nemec leaves Kent Roosevelt after 38 years of service, including 29 years as head coach.

Nemec posted a 202-103-2 record at the helm of the Rough Riders, winning eight Metro League titles, one Western Reserve Conference title and four Portage Trail Conference Metro Division crowns. He also guided Kent Roosevelt to the Division II state playoffs in five of the last seven seasons.

Overall, Nemec owns a 231-113-3 record in 33 seasons as a head coach, posting a 29-10-1 mark at Wapakoneta High School in four seasons before joining the Kent Roosevelt staff as an assistant coach.

This is Nemec's second stint at the college level. He served as an assistant coach at Army from 1969-72.

Nemec, a native of Monroeville, Pa., is a 1969 graduate of the University of Toledo, where he played quarterback and defensive back. He earned his bachelor of education in social studies from Toledo. He earned a master's degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Akron in 1988.

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