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Bartrum to coach Meigs football

Bartrum
Apr. 30, 2012 @ 11:53 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Mike Bartrum is ready to make his mark again in football at Meigs High School in Ohio, the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel reported.

Bartrum was a two-year standout quarterback for the Marauders. Now, the former All-American tight end at Marshall University and NFL standout as a long snapper hopes to do it as head football coach.

The Meigs County Local School Board approved Bartrum for the position at his alma mater.

In fall 1986, Meigs needed a quarterback to replace all-state selection Mike Chancey -- who was headed to Ohio State. The Marauders turned to Bartrum, a tall lanky junior at the time. Bartrum led Meigs to a 19-1 mark over two seasons and earned all-state honors in Ohio before signing to play at Marshall.

Last Tuesday night, the school board turned to Bartrum, who is 42, once again. He replaces Chancey as the fifth coach in the 45-year history of the school. Chancey -- the dean of Tri-Valley Conference coaches -- resigned in March after 19 years at his alma mater with a 103-87 mark. The school board approved the hire by a 5-0 vote.

Looking at Bartrum's resume, it's easy to see why the board put its trust in him. In high school, Bartrum lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He threw for more than 1,900 yards and 24 touchdowns his final two seasons.

At Marshall, Bartrum earned All-American honors at tight end and played on the Thundering Herd's 1992 I-AA National Championship team. In 1991-92, Bartrum, who was coming back from a knee injury, caught 109 passes with 10 going for touchdowns. One came in the Herd's 31-28 win over Youngstown State at home in the 1992 title game. He was second-team All-Southern Conference as a junior and first team as a senior. He was the school's Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1993 and is in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mark Gale, who coached tight ends at the time at Marshall, taught Bartrum how to play long snapper and that gave him his route to the National Football League.

After graduation from Marshall, Bartrum enjoyed a 13-year career in the NFL. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Back Packers, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles) before a neck injury forced him to retire in 2007. Bartrum played in two Super Bowls and was an All-Pro pick in 2005.

After retiring, Bartrum was elected Meigs County Commissioner in November of 2008. He also helped found New Horizons Childhood Enrichment for 4-5 year olds, a Christian-based preschool. Bartrum, along with Frank Blake and Steve Musser and others, were instrumental in getting the Meigs Local Enrichment Foundation started. The organization has raised more than $2 million for a community recreational area and a new football stadium at Meigs High. It will open this fall. Bartrum remains active in youth sports.

Bartrum and wife Jennifer have four children -- Cody (13), Zach (11), Ty (8) and Taylor (6).

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