Paul Muench, F-M football coach, steps down

Hornets' mentor departs after 13 successful seasons

Paul Muench has coached his last season of football for the F-M Hornets.

Paul Muench has coached his last season of football for the F-M Hornets. Provided

— “I enjoy every aspect of that. It’s been a great thing over the years. It’s just an unbelievable amount of time,” he said.

Under his leadership, the F-M football program reached the Section III Class AA semifinals eight times, earned three league titles and, in 2001, claimed the sectional championship.

“He is the example of a leader – whether it be on how to run a program or whether it be as a coach or a parent,” Sugar said. “Everybody was treated equally, and everybody was just as important as the next, and the program was the most important thing.”

Muench is married and has three children who are F-M students: Mary, a senior; Will, a sophomore; and Anna, an eighth grade student. He’s looking forward to spending more time with them and being involved in his children’s college search processes and whatever else the future brings.

The school district plans to advertise the open coaching position after Thanksgiving, and the assistant coaches will continue tending to the day-to-day off-season activities of the football program until a permanent coach is hired.

Muench played football, baseball and basketball as a student at Jamesville-DeWitt High School. In college, he played baseball – first at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and then as a transfer at the State University of New York College at Oswego, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and his master’s degree in reading education.

When he took over the F-M varsity football program in 2000, Muench established the F- M Football Parents Booster Club, which falls under the umbrella of the district’s All-Sports Booster Club. Through the football club, players’ parents meet and form relationships with the common goal of supporting the players, he said.

Muench also launched “Green and White Night,” which is annually held the first Friday of the football season in August. Players’ parents are invited to the school and brought down on the field where they learn about the positions their children will hold on the team.

“It’s like a curriculum night for the parents,” Muench said.

On game days, he always made sure that he listened to “In the Cage,” by Genesis, and before every varsity football game, the coaching staff chowed down on chocolate chip cookies baked by F-M Athletic Trainer Terri Sherman. She made them once for the football coaching staff before a game, and the team won. So she was on the hook for the next game and the next game, and before too long, it had become a tradition.

“Football is all about traditions,” Muench said with a grin.

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