Former Northern Guilford offensive coordinator is the new head football coach at Northwest Guilford High School

The news courtesy of John Hughes, Athletic Director at Northwest Guilford High School….

Jared Rolfes has been named the new head varsity football coach at Northwest Guilford High School. He replaces Joe Woodruff, who is leaving Northwest to take the head football coaching position at Big Rapids High School in Michigan.

During the 2013 season, Coach Rolfes served as the offensive coordinator for 3AA football power Northern Guilford High School.

For the previous five seasons, he was the head coach of his high school alma mater at Celina High School in Celina, Ohio. At Celina, Coach Rolfes took over a football program that traditionally struggled to win and led them to their first winning season in ten years in 2010. In 2012 Celina went 7-3, which was the best performance for the Celina football team since the 1998, and was undefeated at home for the first time since 1995. During the five year period that Coach Rolfes was head coach at Celina, many long standing records were broken, integrity and character became the foundation of the program, and program stability has been maintained even since his departure.

Before taking over at Celina, Jared served as an assistant football coach at Waubonsie High School in Aurora, Illinois along with coaching stints at West Jefferson High School in West Jefferson, Ohio and Leo High School in Leo, Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and received his masters in Educational Leadership and Administration at Bowling Green University.

There will be a meeting on Monday 5/2 at 4pm in the media center for anyone interested in playing football at Northwest High next school year. Coach Rolfes will be in attendance to introduce himself and give an overview of his vision for the program.

Coach Rolfes will also be in attendance at the football booster club meeting on Tuesday 5/3 at 7pm in the Media center. Any football parents and community members are invited to attend.

John Hughes
Northwest Guilford High School
Athletic Director

(On the side of things, we heard nothing but goods things about Jared Rolfes when he came to Northern Guilford last season to become the Nighthawks’ new offensive coordinator. There was a lot of excitement surrounding his arrival at Northern. In talking to some of the NG players they liked what the new coach was bringing to their offense and his work on that side of the ball, allowed Coach Brian Thomas to keep his hands on the Nighthawk defense, an area at which he had excelled in previous years. Should make for a good entry on to the Northwest Guilford campus, with Jared Rolfes taking over the Viking reins from Coach Joe Woodruff….A little bit ironic that a coach from your chief rival would take over at your school, but you look for and go with the best man available and that seems to be the direction that Northwest has gone in here.)


  1. As Parents of a 2013 Night Hawk football player and 2 daughters in Coach Jared Rolfes’ classroom, I can say with full accuracy and experience that he is a first class guy. His leadership as a coach and teacher is impressive and NW is very fortunate to hire him. We will miss his presence at Northern and wish him huge success. For a light hearted comment….. We hope he wins every game…. Except one!!

  2. Congratulations Coach Rolfes! Class act with a bright future. The Vikings will greatly benefit from your leadership. This Nighthawk Mom thanks you for your investment for the players as well as those you work with in IEP. My teenagers are better for knowing a man of your integrity and character. Sad for the Nighthawk family, we missed a window of opportunity here, but happy for you and your family. God’s richest blessings to you.

  3. I know Roscoe is a great coach but why did we bring him back in and let Coach Rolfes take a job at our biggest rival? How many more years does Roscoe have left maybe 4 or 5 at most? IMO Rolfes should of been named Head Coach. What if Roscoe decides to retire again at the end of this season or move to SC like Thomas?????

  4. @Northern Fan
    Plain and simple… don’t pass on a hall of fame coach.

  5. Ankersaway, I agree on not passing on a good coach but I know that nw did pass on another hall of fame coach. Tommy pursley was interviewed for the job but passed on. That could have been a great game betwwen roscoe and pursley .

  6. Northwest made a good “long term” hire. Good luck to Coach Rolfes and his family, I hope he does well. However he went to NW… I do not wish them any success. Guess that means I am torn huh?

    As for Pursley, who knows how much longer he would have coached either… And he probably would have dropped Northern like he did when he was a Northeast so wouldn’t have mattered.

  7. IMO NW made a great hire. People can say what they want about Pursley and Roscoe. Fact is neither of those coaches will be coaching much longer than 5 years. So if you are trying to build for the future neither of them are a great choice. They had their runs and they are great but both coaches are near the end of their careers.

    AS for NW Guilford It’s going to be tough to duplicate the best season in school history like they had last year no matter who the coach was this year. Playing in the PT4A is tough and there are never any easy games. I think NW made the right choice and might of locked down a long term replacement for Coach Woodruff. Best of luck Coach Rolfes!!!

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