West Clermont names former Hamilton coach Nate Mahon as next head football coach

Shelby Dermer Scott Springer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Nate Mahon's next rebuilding project will be in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. 

Mahon, who spent the last three seasons at Hamilton, has been named the new head football coach at West Clermont. 

Mahon, a Hamilton graduate, announced he was not returning to his alma mater in January, a position he had held since 2019. Mahon went 13-17 over three seasons and led the Big Blue to the playoffs in 2019 and 2020. When he took over, Hamilton had not been to the postseason since 2010. 

"A few months ago, the opportunity to go to West Clermont first presented itself," Mahon said. "Since then, I've been super excited and knew it was time for a change. The decision to leave Hamilton was extremely difficult, but I think it will be a great fit for my family and I at West Clermont."

Kaleb Johnson of Hamilton signed his letter of intent Dec. 15 to play for Iowa football. With him is Hamilton coach Nate Mahon.

At Hamilton, he coached several players that signed with Division I institutions including quarterback/safety Malik Verdon at Iowa State and this past winter Kaleb Johnson at Iowa. Current Big Blue junior receiver/linebacker Breeon Ishmail is also a three-star recruit according to 247Sports.com with offers from Iowa State, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Mahon was a college player for Miami University and also spent time as a grad assistant at the University of Cincinnati.

Prior to Hamilton, Mahon spent three seasons at Little Miami from 2016-2018, where he led the Panthers to a 19-13 overall record and the program's first playoff appearance since 1992. Mahon had prior experience in the Southwest Ohio Conference, going 21-12 with a pair of playoff trips as the head coach at Northwest from 2013-2015. 

Hamilton coach Nate Mahon reacts in the playoff game between Hamilton and Fairfield at Fairfield Nov. 8, 2019.

Mahon now takes over at West Clermont, hoping to change the fortunes of a program that has not had a winning season since its inaugural campaign in 2017, which resulted in a 7-4 record and a playoff berth. 

Since then, West Clermont has gone 14-25 overall and 11-15 against Eastern Cincinnati Conference foes. 

"Upon meeting with the key people in the school district and community, it was evident that football is important. We're very excited about this opportunity. I can't wait to get started. Go Wolves!"

Said West Clermont Principal Randy Gebhardt, “Coach Mahon is exactly what this program needs to rebuild and be competitive on the field. We are excited to welcome him and his family to the West Clermont community."

During his time at Hamilton, Mahon's teams beat West Clermont three consecutive years (21-7 in 2019, 41-7 in 2020, 43-28 in 2021).

Mahon replaces Nick Ayers, who was named the next head football coach at Williamsburg in December after 10 seasons at Glen Este and West Clermont.