Eastern York approved Dave Kemmick as its new head football coach Thursday night at the district's school board meeting.
Kemmick arrives at Eastern after serving last season as an assistant coach at Donegal. He also teaches math at Columbia and will now make a short drive over the Susquehanna River each day this fall to head a Golden Knights program that finished 5-5 last year.
"He'll be a committed guy," Donegal head coach Jeff Polites said. "He's been involved in a lot of winning programs as an assistant, and I think he's taken some good things from each one."
Kemmick's previous experience included serving on staffs at Hempfield and Columbia, including the Crimson Tide's District 3 Class A title run in 2011. He joined Donegal's staff last year and coached the offensive line and free safeties.
"He's got great knowledge of the game," Polites said. "He was involved in a lot of our adjustments at the half and had great ideas."
Kemmick replaces Richard Brubaker, who resigned after three seasons and cited family reasons in his decision to step away. Brubaker was promoted after serving as an assistant on the Eastern staff. This time, Eastern is going outside its school district to hire a coach.
"The goal of our committee was to recommend the best person available," said Dr. Timothy Mitzel, the principal at Eastern and one of four search committee members.
Mitzel said Kemmick's organizational skills stood out, plus "his demeanor and philosophy about student athletes. If you're going to be successful on the football field you need to be successful in the classroom, as well."
On the field, Kemmick inherits a team that improved last year despite losing its all-time leading rusher, Alex Cooley, to graduation. Junior David Livelsberger helped ease that loss with 934 rushing yards and is slated to return as a senior along with All-YAIAA tackle Garret Ishman and inside linebacker Lucas Barshinger.
The Knights also are moving up to Division II as part of the YAIAA's realignment with the addition of Gettysburg.