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Justin Roden leaves the Noblesville football team after two seasons and a 5-15 record
Photo provided Justin Roden leaves the Noblesville football team after two seasons and a 5-15 record

Noblesville Schools announced today that head varsity football coach Justin Roden has accepted another position and will be relocating back to his home in the Cincinnati area. Roden shared that the decision was based on personal family needs. 

"I want to thank Coach Roden for his service to our Noblesville High School students and to the Millers football program overall, and wish him happiness and success in his new role,” said Leah Wooldridge, Noblesville High School athletic director. 

Roden has been head varsity football coach for the Noblesville Millers since 2018 and is also a wellness teacher at the high school. 
Noblesville will begin the process of identifying a replacement for him immediately and will announce their selection at a later date. 

Roden during his two seasons as the Millers head coach compiled a 5-15 record. 

He will now take over the head coaching position at Oak Hills High School in Cincinatti, OH. 

The Highlanders went 0-10 this past season, however Roden knows a thing or two about turning around programs as he turned around an East Central squad and led them to a state championship in 2017. Roden has close ties with the Highlanders as he was the defensive coordinator for the team during teh 2006-08 season’s.

Head Athletic Director for the Highlanders Ben Hageman talked about the decision to bring in a familiar face in Roden. 

“With him being a colerain graduate, there’s a lot of familarity with him here on the west side of Cincinatti,” Hageman siad. “I felt really comfortable with him knowing our school and community, and what our football program really needed. Despite him not being here for ten years, there was a comfort level and familiarity between the two of us that led to him being named the head coach. At this moment in time we were really looking for someone who had some experience, someone who had success and has a proven track record. I don’t want to speak for Justin, but I do think there was a desire for him to get back to the Cincinatti area.”

Roden’s Miller team ended their season with a 1-9 record. Despite that record, the team pushed the Homestead Spartann, who were just defeated by Carmel in the Regional Championship, to overtime in which the Millers lost on a game-winning field goal 27-24. 

“When I spoke with people from the Noblesville area, everyone spoke very highly of the effort and the way his team’s performed,” Hageman said. “Even when the results weren’t necessarily there, the kids continued to compete and the people felt really good about him and the entirity of the program during his two years at Noblesville.” 

Getting to go back home and have the chance to turn around another program can be big reasons for a coach deciding to leave at any level. This was the case for Roden who will now seek to turn around the Highlanders. 

“Having a state title under his belt doesn’t hurt either,” Hageman said of Roden. “We were looking for someone who was going to want to come here and be here for the duration and for him to be from the surrounding are also played a big factor in our decision to hire him.” 

The Millers will now look to a different coach to lead them into the future. The Millers are still seeking their first winning record since the 2001 season where the team went 7-5.