The fourth installment of USA TODAY High School Sports' "Best Of" contest series kicked off at noon today, with the first-ever Best High School Football Coach contest. USA TODAY staffers selected eight active head football coaches in each state after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise. From there, the fans will decide which coach emerges from a list of 408.
The list from Ohio includes:
||In 13 seasons at Mooney, Fecko has made six trips to the state title game, winning four times. Mooney is 31-5 in playoff competition under his direction. He is 117-51 overall.
|Ted Ginn Sr.
||Ginn (15-year record of 145-34) has put more than 100 players into college on athletic scholarships, with several going on to play in the NFL. He has made the Division I large-school playoffs 11 times, with title game appearance in 2009.
||Goodwin has made Marion Local one of the most dominant small school programs in Ohio. His Flyers have won six of the last 14 state championships. He has a 154-40 record and has made 10 state semifinal appearances.
||Kyle has led Saint Ignatius to 11 Division I large-school championships. He has three national titles under his belt and has been named USA Today Coach of the Year twice. Kyle's 30-year record is 301-69-1.
||In 30 seasons, Saccoccia has taken Steubenville to 13 state semifinal games and six title games, winning three state championships. Saccoccia has built a staggering 311-56 record with 23 playoff appearances.
||Sharrett has won more than 100 games (101-21) over the past decade while playing in Ohio's two large-school divisions. He was state runner-up in 2006 and 2011, and he has won seven consecutive Ohio Capital Conference titles.
||In nine years at St. Xavier, Specht has won two Division I large-school championships and compiled an 87-26 record. His 2007 team topped the National Prep Poll as the No. 1 team in the nation.
||White has coached Hilliard Davidson to 11 playoff appearances in 14 years, capping the 2006 and 2009 seasons with Division I large-school state championships. White's 16-year record is 149-46
There will be three rounds of voting. The state round ends at noon on Oct. 8. The 51 winners - each state plus Washington, D.C. - advance to a regional round, where they will be divided among eight regions of six or seven coaches apiece. The regional round begins at noon Oct. 9 and ends at noon on Oct. 18. The eight regional winners move onto the national round, which starts at noon on Oct. 21 and ends at noon on Oct. 29. The champion will be crowned based on the most votes in the final round.
The athletic department of the winning coach will receive $2,000. Second through fifth places also receive cash prizes for their respective athletic departments: second ($1,000), third ($500), fourth ($250) and fifth ($100). All eight finalists will receive banners for their schools.