Aracri to take reins of Fairmont football program

Fairmont Athletic Director Brian Donoher confirmed Thursday, April 22, that Andy Aracri was offered and has accepted the head football coach position at Fairmont High School.  He replaces Brian Blevins, who resigned earlier this spring to take a coaching position at Wayne High School.

Aracri has been with the Firebird football program for nine years, most recently as an assistant coach and the defensive coordinator.

Aracri is a Fairmont and Miami University grad and was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001. He played for the British Columbia Lions and the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and for the Los Angeles Avengers and the Cincinnati Swarm of the AFL. 

In addition to coaching, Aracri is a health and physical education teacher at Fairmont. 

Before he announced his resignation, Blevins had been a staple of the football program at Fairmont for seven years, compiling a 33-37 record and giving the school its first-ever playoff berth in 2008. He will remain in coaching as he is heading to Wayne High School to be the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. “I want to help what is a pretty good program get to the next level,” said Blevins.

Blevins says his resignation is no mark against Fairmont; instead, it’s all about family to him. “I am very pleased with the progress I have made with Fairmont,” said Blevins. “And now I’m taking an opportunity that I feel is best for my family.”

After Blevins’ resignation, the school posted the heach coaching position both internally and externally.  Just before spring break, Donoher said he expected to make a decision soon. “ I told the parents and players that this wouldn’t be a long process, and I don’t see it becoming one,” Donoher said then.