The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


June 28, 2013

A Don McCormack column: Meyer feeling good

With his football camp with Dean Hood on tap Monday, Ashtabula’s own —and his family — are now much more comfortable in Columbus

At this time a year ago, Urban Meyer admits he was in a state of perpetual fast-forward.

Having taken over the pressure-coooker job as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, one of Ashtabula’s favorite sons had no choice but to hit the ground running.

Obviously, Meyer turned a difficult situation into a best-case result, leading the Buckeyes to a 12-0 season.

He admits things are running much smoother this summer than they were a year ago this time, especially for his wife, Shelley, and son, Nathan.

“I feel much better this year”, Meyer told the “Morning Sports Report” breakfast function earlier this week. “What I really feel better about is, my family is settled. That was a really difficult move for my wife and my son.”

And that, the 1982 St. John High School graduate, is the single most important thing to him.

“That means more to me than the football team,” he said. “They love Columbus and are ready to go, but last year at this time was not very smooth.”

Meyer, along with fellow Ashtabulan Dean Hood, a 1982 Harbor High School graduate and now the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University, will be back home Monday.

Meyer, Hood and Dana Schulte, a teammate of Hood as the star quarterback during their days as Mariners and now the man in charge of Media One Group, will stage the second annual Urban Meyer-Dean Hood Youth Football Camp at Spire Institute in Harpersfield Township. Dr. William A. Seeds is one of the camp’s biggest sponsors.

While NCAA rules do not allow Meyer to have hands-on interaction with his players in the summer months, he is very much in tune with what’s going on with them.

Head strength coach Mickey Marotti is Meyer’s pipeline when it comes to providing information on his Buckeyes.

“About injuries and attitudes, absolutely I keep tabs on it,” Meyer said. “Every coach in America does. You can’t be there, but I’m there (mentally).”

As was the case at every one of his coaching stops — from Bowling Green, to Utah, to Florida and to Ohio State — Meyer’s program is based on one important aspect — speed, which his incoming freshman class appears to have in an abundance.

“We’re fast, which is something I wanted to be,” he realted to the Columbus Dispatch. “(It appears we) get some more speed on offense, in particular. I hear great things about them.”

The same goes for the whole team, based on Marotti’s observations.

“I’ve heard all positives,” the former St. John football and baseball standout said. “I really trust my strength coach. We’ve been together a long time.

“I love my players. It’s going very well.”

And come Monday, Ashtabula County’s youth will have an opportunity to see that first-hand at Spire Institute.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at

Text Only
  • Coming attractions

    While it seems only yesterday school was letting out and summer vacation was starting, the time for respite will have the curtain drop for area high school football players this week.

    July 28, 2014


    TUESDAY, AUG. 12

    • Lake Catholic at Perry (10)

    July 28, 2014

  • Lexi Outlaws gunning for national title in Virginia

    There’s gold in their name and that’s just what the Ohio Outlaws Gold softball squad is gunning for at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals this week in Salem, Va.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Brandon Easton A Don McCormack column:Easton on right pitch in Florida

    Paying a Monday morning visit to the variety store...

    Firing away
    The second summer as a professional baseball player has been an excellent one for Brandon Easton, to this point.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: OEW doing good job of passing it on

    On July 18, 19 and 20, the Ashtabula County Wildlife Conservation League (ACWCL) along with Ashtabula Rod & Gun Club (ARGC) held their annual OEW (Outdoor Education Weekend) Weekend.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kaydee Vaulting to The Rock

    When Jefferson’s Kaydee DeVivo first started pole vaulting as a freshman for the Falcons, she knew it was the event for her.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • run VanHoy racing on

    Geneva track star Hailey VanHoy had a near unbelievable run of success during her final months running for the Eagles.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danielle Zip-ing along

    Just minutes after Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson holed out on the 18th green at the Gray Course at Ohio State University during her freshman year to win the 2011 Division I state championship, the recruitment process of where she would go to college began.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Maruna headed for Mount

    LeeAnn Maruna never really expected to play collegiate golf. She was so taken aback when the opportunity presented itself, she didn’t know how to respond. After all, the Grand Valley graduate had only been playing the game for a few years.

    July 23, 2014

  • Crate Late Models featured

    The Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, the premier class at Raceway 7, will be featured Friday night as they race for $1,000 to win.

    July 23, 2014

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video