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Ryan Wiggins was chosen to take over the Irish football program after
the departure of Keith Wakefield. Before being hired at St. Vincent-St.
Mary, Wiggins spent nine years as an assistant coach at St. Francis
DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio - a highly respected academic
and athletic institution. Wiggins, who also grew up in Columbus and
attended DeSales, played for and worked under Bob Jacoby. Wiggins' youthful
energy and knowledge of the game had the Irish community excited.
his one year at St. Vincent-St. Mary, Wiggins went 4-6 with a very young
team. The highlight of the year under Wiggins' leadership was when STVM
took a dominant Walsh team into quadruple overtime and defeated the
Warriors in a 41-34 thriller.
the 2006 season, a solid foundation was built by Wiggins and things
were looking up for the Irish football program. Shortly after the season
ended, Wiggins was offered his dream job after Coach Jacoby left St.
Francis DeSales for Hamilton Township. With his roots in Columbus, specifically
at St. Francis DeSales, Wiggins couldn't pass up the opportunity to
lead the Stallions of DeSales. In his first year at the helm for DeSales,
Wiggins took the Stallions to the Division II, Region 7 championship
game where they lost in a 20-25 heartbreaker to Louisville. Wiggins
finished the season with a 12-1 record.