BY JOE WESSELS
Loveland Local News

Andy Cruse was named the new Loveland High School varsity football coach, pending board approval (2-5-2019). Photo provided.

LOVELAND, Ohio — A former Miami University standout and NFL player was named the new Loveland High School head football coach.

Andy Cruse, who coached varsity football at Moeller High School for three years including the last two as special teams coordinator, will replace Fred Cranford who stepped aside in November, according to a Loveland press release. Five years ago Cranford led the Tigers to their first-ever Ohio Division II championship.

Cruse began his coaching career in 2015 at Turpin High School after he was an undrafted free agent for the Houston Texans in 2013, earning himself a spot on the team’s practice squad. The following season he was in camp with the Minnesota Vikings.

Prior to his NFL experience, he helped lead the Miami Redhawks to a 2010 Mid-American Conference championship, finishing 10-4, and he was the team captain in 2012. He sits in sixth place for all-time receptions at Miami with 160 catches.

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started,” Cruse said in a release. “I am humbled and motivated to lead not only Loveland High School (football), but this terrific community as well.”

The Loveland City Schools school board must formally approve the appointment. Cruse and his wife, Ashley, live in Milford.