Football will be played at Avella High School in 2011 as the school board approved the hiring of Ryan Cecchini Wednesday night as the Eagles' next coach.
Cecchini, 30, served as Avella's junior high coach in 2010, and was also the junior high wrestling coach. Cecchini is a 1999 graduate of Avella, where he played football and wrestled. He went on to play football at Hiram College.
Cecchini originally interviewed for the position in March and his name appeared on April's agenda, but the board opted to table the hiring for two months. That helped fuel rumors that the football program might disband in favor of soccer.
Cecchini replaced Frank Gray, who resigned in March after compiling a 3-24 record in three years. Gray's efforts in 2008 helped save football at Avella.