New PB grid coach ready for challenge
PHILIPPI — Veteran public educator and coach Nick Mayle was recently named the new head coach for Philip Barbour High School’s football program.
Mayle is no stranger to George Byrer Field at BC Bank Park after several consecutive years of coaching Barbour County student-athletes on the gridiron.
“I was the head coach at Philippi Middle School for eight years,” Mayle said. “I helped with the logistics of starting the Barbour Middle program and was their head coach for the first year.”
Following that stint, Mayle was an assistant to then head coach Russ Collett, who led the Colts back to the double-A playoffs, finishing with an impressive 8-3 record, which is the best PB record in modern WVSSAC stats.
Mayle hails from northeast Ohio, where football is big.
“I am originally from East Canton, Ohio,” he said. “I graduated from East Canton High School in 2001, and was a three-year letterman and captain for the East Canton Hornets.”
The new coach has his work cut out for the future.
Philip Barbour went without any wins in 2020 (0-7) and 0-10 in 2019. The 2018 campaign yielded a 2-8 mark.
“Our motto is ‘Tradition begins today,'” Mayle said. “The goal is to work to lay the foundation for long term success of the program. We are not looking to past, we are moving forward.
“As a coaching staff, our goal is to build a culture that student-athletes will want to be a part of and come back once they become alumni.
“We plan on building tradition here at Philip Barbour and coach as long as God allows in order to establish some stability to the program.”