ELDON, IA – Cardinal High School has a new head football coach. The school made the announcement last week that Rich Mayson will be taking over the reins in Eldon from Landon Miller who spent the last five years leading the Comets.
“We didn’t really know each other that well until I had the opportunity to come over here,” Mayson told Ottumwa Radio in a Tuesday interview. “He’s been super helpful…A great person to bounce ideas off of. A person who has been a mentor to me, in a lot of ways.”
Mason has spent the past three seasons as the Comets Offensive Coordinator. During that span, the red-and-white have put up staggering numbers including 37 points and close to 354 yards per game this past fall on their way to earning a berth into the Class 1A State Playoffs. Mayson believes his familiarity with the players, and program, will help tremendously with the transition.
“I think that has been a pretty big help for me,” Mayson explained. “Having gone through it under the leadership of someone else, but being able to play a very significant role in doing those things, has been really nice for me.”
Prior to his stint in Eldon, Mayson was the head football coach at Ottumwa High from 2015-18. He led the Bulldogs to a record of 6-30 overall during his four-year run. As he and the players countdown the days to opening kickoff of the 2022 season, Mayson shares a message of optimism and hope with the Comet faithful.
“They’ve gotten used to seeing a pretty good product on the field, and, obviously, I’m going to do everything in my power for that to continue,” Mayson acknowledged. “We’ll do some things some different ways, no doubt. Some guys are gone that played big roles, but I’m confident that between me, some of the others coaches we have coming back to us, and we’ll add a couple new as well, that we’ll have that ability to figure out what we do best and go out there and figure out a way to execute that.”
Cardinal will open the season on the road against Pekin, August 26.