Circle is complete: After 12-year absence, LePage returns to Falcons

Ted LePage was introduced as the next Blair Oaks football coach Tuesday morning. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

WARDSVILLE --- The circle is complete.


We've nearly made enough circles in recent days to have our own Olympic rings.

Chris Hentges goes home to Helias.

Terry Walker goes home to Jefferson City High School.

Now, Ted LePage is going back to his adopted home in Wardsville.

After a 12-year stint as head coach of the Jays, LePage is returning to his previous position with Blair Oaks, where he coached from 2001-2005 and led the Falcons to a state championship.

This odyssey of football coaches playing musical chairs has finally come to an end. If you don't have a seat by now, you're out of luck.

The announcement comes 12 years to the day after Blair Oaks hired LePage's successor, Brad Drehle, who was replaced by Walker in 2015.

Now, what's old is new again.

"We have set our expectations high for this position," Blair Oaks Superintendent of School Jim Jones said as he introduced LePage at Tuesday morning's press conference. "One of the reasons they're so high is a direct result of this man --- he dared to take on the leadership of this football program when there were no expectations. His leadership led to a creation of a culture of excellence.

"Since that time, the expectations have never lowered and now, he dares to take on the leadership of that same football program. But this time, it's full of expectations."

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