Closeness of community was lure for new Seymour coach

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Austin Sutton learned a lot about football from coach Jeff Richey.

“I’ve been going to football camps since I was in second grade, so everything I got was from him,” Sutton said. “Coach Richey taught everything I’ve known.”

Sutton played for Richey at Seymour High School, including the past two years as the varsity quarterback.

But at the end of the 2012 season, Richey resigned after more than 30 years with the program, including the past nine as head coach.

The school received 50 applicants for the job. The list was narrowed down to 31, and those applicants were from 12 states and had a variety of coaching and playing experience.

On Wednesday, the Seymour Community Schools board of trustees unanimously approved the hiring of 27-year-old Michigan native Josh Shattuck as the head football coach and social studies teacher for the 2013-14 school year. About 150 people attended the meeting, and afterward, they had the chance to meet Shattuck.

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