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Nolting leaving North Central for Greenfield-Central

By B.J. Hargis
Photo by B.J. HARGIS: Coach Travis Nolting led the North Central football team to its first sectional championship in football in 2018. Nolting is shown above celebrating that sectional title after beating host West Washington.

Family first is a motto for a lot of people. That was the case for Travis Nolting, who will be stepping down as head football coach at North Central High School and taking a similar position at Greenfield-Central High School on Tuesday.
“Nothing is officially until their board meets on Tuesday,” said Nolting. “Until that happens, I can’t turn in my resignation at North Central.
“But if everything goes as planned, I will finish out the semester at North Central and start at Greenfield-Central in January.”
Nolting posted a 60-28 record in his eight seasons at North Central, a .691 winning percentage, the best in school history.
The Thunderbirds had seven winning seasons during Nolting’s tenure, which culminated with the 2018 Class A Sectional championship, the first in the history of North Central and Sullivan County.
“In the end, being three hours away from our family was probably the deciding factor in leaving North Central for Greenfield-Central,” said Nolting, whose Thunderbirds finished 9-2 in 2018. “It has been increasingly tougher to see our families.
“My parents live in Greensburg, which is 45 minutes away from Greenfield and 35 minutes away from my wife Lexie’s hometown of Anderson. That was the motivation behind it.”
Nolting said it is going to be tough to leave behind everybody at North Central.
“It was super tough,” Nolting said of telling the players of his plans. “I love those kids.
“This is a great community. There have been so many great players that I have  been blessed to coach. The hard work of the players speaks volumes about the people that live in this community.”
Nolting said he appreciated the support of the administration in the Northeast School Corp.
“I can’t think (Mark) Baker and the administration enough,” Nolting said of the NESC superintendent and his staff. “They took a chance eight years ago on a 29-year -old.
“It has been a great journey for me. This senior class put together such a great season. I can’t thank them enough for the time they put into this.”
Nolting said that none of this would have been possible without the players and coaches.
“I would like to thank all the players who played for me and all the coaches who worked on our staff,” he said. “I can’t begin to tell them how much they have meant to me and how big a part they have played in our success the past eight years.
“What we accomplished this year was because of all of their hard work.”
Nolting inherits a program that has won just three games in the past two seasons, including going 0-10 last year.
“Their coach (Adam Sherman) had health issues and had to step down at mid-season,” said Nolting. “He is a friend of mine. I wish him the best.
“I am inheriting a team with a lot of young players. We will need to get in a the weight room and get stronger, I’m sure.”
Nolting also was athletic director at NCHS. He will now teach advanced physical education.
“I will be getting out of administration,” said Nolting. “It will be the other side of the coin for me. I will just teach and coach, which will allow me to spend more time with my family.
“At North Central, I had to wear a lot of hats, including AD and assistant principal. That meant I had to do many things, but that is part of being at a small school. All of those experiences will serve me well.”
Nolting, who along with Lexie have two boys, Draven, 9, Jaxon, 7, said the administration at Greenfield-Central has been very supportive.
“I take nothing for granted,” said Nolting. “I have loved being at North Central.
“But I am going to a school with immaculate facilities and administration that is top notch as well.”
Nolting said he would like to thank the North Central community for everything.
“We have had unprecedented success with North Central football,” he said. “That is a credit to the staff and kids and all our supporters in the community.
“The credit all goes to them. I have had 100 great guys play for me the last eight years and so many good people that have worked and supported the program. I will forever be grateful for them.”

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