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REPORT: Fairfield set to hire Cory Stoner as football head coach pending board approval

Mar. 8—BENTON — Fairfield has announced that former-Jimtown coach Cory Stoner is set to become the Falcons new head football coach at Fairfield for the upcoming 2024 season, pending board approval.

The next school board meeting for Fairfield Community Schools is scheduled to take place Thursday, March 14 at 5 p.m.

The Falcons were in need of a new leader after former head coach Matt Thacker departed for the same position at Wawasee.

Stoner, who compiled a 29-16 record during his four seasons with the Jimmies, makes the shift to Benton Township. Fairfield finished 6-5 last season, losing in the 3A sectional 28 semifinals following a quarterfinal 17-6 win over Jimtown.

The soon-to-be Falcons coach is a three-time Northern Indiana Conference champion and is also a three-time NIC Coach of the Year. Jimtown finished 4-6 this past season following consecutive 9-3 seasons under Stoner.

"My passion in life is teaching and coaching and have no doubt that is what God has called me to do," said Stoner on a post on X (formerly Twitter). "I am incredibly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to do that as the next football coach at Fairfield High School. Fairfield is a community that I have seen as a hard-working and loyal community of supporters for everything Fairfield that I can't wait to be a part of."

Adding intrigue into next season is the annual Fairfield-Goshen non-conference matchup. Both Stoner and Goshen head coach Joey Hecklinski will be making their debuts at their respective schools when the two programs meet.

Reach Matt Lucas at 574-533-2151, ext. 240325, or at matt.lucas@goshennews.com.