Mike Mauk leaves Kenton to coach in Missouri



After 31 successful years at Kenton High School, Mike Mauk has stepped down as the Wildcats’ head football coach to pursue another opportunity in Missouri.

Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Mo., announced Friday that it hired Mauk for the head coaching position at Glendale High School.

The move helps Mauk get closer to two of his children. His son Maty is a quarterback at the University of Missouri and he has a daughter who resides in Springfield, Mo.

Mauk takes over a Glendale team that went 3-17 over the last two years.

“There should be a lot of guys that would be excited to have the opportunity to throw the football and catch the football, and we’ll try to get them started with as young a level as we can,” Mauk told the Springfield News-Leader. “But the number one objective is to win. I’ll evaluate the players, their talents and what the coaches are good at doing.”

Mauk, 56, won 220 games and two state titles at Kenton.

Maty Mauk was a standout for his father at Kenton. He made a splash for Missouri this fall after taking over for the team’s injured starter.

Another son, Ben, played at Wake Forest and Cincinnati after starring for his father’s team.

In addition to his duties as football coach, Mauk also served as Kenton’s athletic director. He will be a business teacher at Glendale.