One football coaching search came to an end Monday night, and it officially brought an end to an era in Fort Cherry football.
Jim Shiel was hired as Fort Cherry's new football coach at Monday night's school board meeting.
Shiel is an 1981 graduate of Fort Cherry and played football for the Rangers under the direction of legendary head coach Jim Garry. One of the longest-tenured coaches in PIAA history, Garry coached Fort Cherry for Fort Cherry football for its first 43 years and won a Washington County-record 265 games. He was succeeded in 2003 by Tim Garry, his son. He coached the past 9 seasons and went 49-42.
A physical education teacher at Fort Cherry, the 49-year-old Shiel coached the 7th & 8th grade team last fall.
Trinity and Jefferson-Morgan have yet to fill their respective positions. Trinity is down to three finalists and expected to hire April 5. Jefferson-Morgan opened its application process once again last week.