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Argenta-Oreana football hires MacArthur assistant Michael DeMeio as new coach

Argenta-Oreana football hires MacArthur assistant Michael DeMeio as new coach


ARGENTA — Michael DeMeio was approved by the Argenta-Oreana Board of Education on Monday to be the team's new football coach.

"I'm really excited and it is a great opportunity. They have had such great success the last couple of years so for me to be able to out there is awesome and I'm very excited about it," DeMeio said. 

In a statement release by Argenta-Oreana athletic director Mike Williams, he described DeMeio, who was an assistant coach for MacArthur last season, as a coach that will lead the Bombers' program ahead. 

"We are very pleased to have Michael on board. He is a high energy, high character guy that we feel will continue to build on past success and to move our program forward," Williams said in the statement.

DeMeio, a Mount Zion native and Millikin graduate, served as an assistant coach at Mount Zion for 10 seasons before moving to MacArthur and coaching as one of Derek Spates' assistants last year. 

"I worked with offensive and defensive line at MacArthur, helping out (defensive coach) Scott Davis. I worked with Coach Davis when he was at Mount Zion several years ago," DeMeio said. 

DeMeio is an elementary school teacher at Mount Zion and will continue in that position while coaching at Argenta. 

DeMeio replaces former coach Steve Kirk, who stepped down following the season to become the defensive coordinator at Monticello. Kirk had a 30-5 record and led them to the Class 1A state semifinals in 2018 and the first 12-win season in program history.

"Coach Kirk had such unbelievable success and I want to continue what they have done. You don't win 30 games by accident. They are doing great things up there and they are working hard. The kids know how to work hard, that is obvious," DeMeio said. "I want to continue where Coach Kirk left off and keep things rolling. We are not rebuilding out there, we are continuing the success."

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Contact Matthew Flaten at (217) 421-6968. Follow him on Twitter: @MattFlaten


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