Jed Richman knows the challenge he faces following Jayson West as Lawrence Central High School football coach.
Pending school board approval Monday, Richman, who has been Western Boone's coach the past three seasons, will take over as football coach and strength and physical conditioning teacher at Lawrence Central. "It's never easy following a great coach and this is an obvious example of that," Richman said. "I have the upmost respect for Jayson and what he accomplished." West, who left Lawrence Central to be the Warren Central football coach last month, guided the Bears to a 52-12 record, including the program's first state title in 2012 and a 5A second-place finish in '10. Richman, 33, replaced a 25-year veteran coach in Jeff Pearson at Western Boone, and was on Ben Davis' staff in 2004 when Tom Allen replaced Dick Dullaghan. "I'm definitely excited to roll my sleeves up and get to work," Richman said. Richman plans to meet with the team today. After the expected school board approval, Richman can begin teaching immediately because West has left for Warren Central. Lawrence Central athletic director Jeff Irwin was quite familiar with Richman's work. rwin was previously at Western Boone and hired Richman as the Stars coach. "The biggest thing Jed Richman brings to the table is his background," Irwin said. Richman was at Carmel for five seasons on former coach Mo Moriarity's staff, the final two as offensive coordinator. The Greyhounds won the 2007 Class 5A state title and was 5A runner-up in three other seasons. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Ben Davis (2004), Covington ('03) and Western ('02). "He has that pedigree of being in the (Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference at Ben Davis and Carmel), which in a year we will be joining," Irwin said. "That alone was a big piece. Then he goes to Western Boone, which had only won 40 percent of its games in the previous 10 years, and goes 25-9 and wins the first conference title since 1998. He's done something special."