Valley View Schools is rededicating its athletic field in honor of long-time football coach and three-time state champ Jay Niswonger. Niswonger Field was dedicated during pre-game of the Spartans home playoff game on Saturday, October 17.
“As coach and athletic director, Jay Niswonger inspired a generation of young people in this community to pursue excellence in sports. His enduring legacy is the enthusiasm for competition we see in young people from rec sports through high school and beyond,” said Valley View Superintendent Ben Richards.
Due to COVID attendance restrictions, Valley View will hold a small ceremony at 6:30, before kickoff at Saturday’s game. The school plans to hold a larger event next fall.
Niswonger coached at Valley View from 1984 to 2011. He led the Spartans to a record of 243-78-1 in 28 years. His teams won 11 Southwestern Buckeye League titles, made 16 state playoff appearances (including 12 straight), advanced to seven state semifinals and won state championships in 1994, 1996 and 1997.
Coach Niswonger was honored as Coach of the Year multiple times by the Southwestern Buckeye League, the Miami Coaches Association and was Ohio Nike Coach of the Year in 1994. He is a member of the Valley View Hall of Fame, Miami Valley Football Coaches Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2016.
The Valley View athletic field was previously named Barker Field after the school’s first athletic director, Jim Barker. The school will continue to commemorate his contributions with a plaque at the field.