Hard Work Pays Off For Gadd
What makes a coach special is when it's obvious that he or she has a positive effect affect on the student athlete that reaches outside the boundary of
the playing surface. And when that is achieved that's when the kids run through the proverbial "brick wall" for them.
For Newcomerstown head coach Dirk Gadd, those kids will run through a titanium wall! It's easy to maintain when your winning, but character and resiliency
are learned through times of stress and adversity, and coach Gadd has excelled in that area.
Dirk played four years of football at Newcomerstown and walked away with IVC championships in his junior and senior seasons. He played running back
and defensive back, the latter he went on to play four more years at Muskingum college, earning three variety letters.
Jeff Cook (HS coach), coach Jeff Heacock (Muskingum), and position coach at the time Tyson Veidt all left a lasting impression on Gadd. "I was lucky
enough to play for some of the best coaches in the country, and the one thing they all had in common was a great work ethic," said Gadd. Veidt
is currently an assistant at Iowa State University.
The Newcomerstown football team has not had a lot of success in terms of wins and losses the last couple years but the most telling sign of Gadd's
effect on the kids is even though they haven't been winning more kids have come out each year that he has been a coach. And talking with former
players they all raved about him and spoke highly of the family type atmosphere he created for teammates. When things get to going bad people tend
to jump ship, however Gadd even through adversity has the numbers on the rise.
Coaches of opponents he's faced in the last two years have commented about how hard his kids still played late in fourth quarters, when the victor
of the game had long been decided. I've talked to coach Gadd off and on over the last two years and there's never a sound of bitterness or disappointment
in his voice, just compliments and optimism that oozes out as if he's never lost a game. "It's a process and I believe that we were a lot more
competitive last year and this year will be the year we learn how to win," said Gadd confidently.
Off the football field Dirk enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. "I am very luck to have a wife who is patient and supports
me in all that I do," said Gadd in appreciation.
The head man of the Orange and Black is also the assistant principal at Newcomerstown High School, and says that many of his co-workers he went to
school with and even played football with some. "This is a very good community, and a place I'm glad to call home," said Gadd.