MILFORD — In 2010, Clint Schwartz replaced Nate Albaugh as head football coach of the Milford/Cissna Park cooperative team.
On Wednesday, the Unity High graduate was hired a second time to replace Albaugh as the MCP head coach. Schwartz served as defensive coordinator the past two seasons.
In retrospect, he is pleased he had the chance to step back for a couple seasons.
“Looking back, I realize I wasn’t ready (to be a head coach),” Schwartz said, “when I see what I know now compared to what I knew then. I’d only had one previous year of coaching experience (as a volunteer assistant in 2009 at Paxton-Buckley-Loda).
“Probably the best thing was to be able to step back and learn from such a good coach. Nate is really good at teaching time management.”
Schwartz will work with a group of 15 returning lettermen. Former assistants Sid Allen, Michael Franey and J.D. Jennings are all expected to remain on staff.
“When I was in high school, I looked up to the coaches I had and knew this was something I wanted to get into,” said Schwartz, a junior high mathematics teacher in Milford.
MCP opens its season Aug. 30 at Tri-County. The home opener will be Sept. 6 against Iroquois West. MCP was 6-4 last year and 1-8 under Schwartz in 2010.
Albaugh resigned to become the head football coach at Champaign Central.