East Columbus Magnet Academy football coach Phil Marino will coach the Columbus Blue Devils next season. Marino replaces Brian Barnhill, who resigned earlier this semester.
Marino has coached the ECMA Knights to three straight middle school championships, going unbeaten in 2008 and 2007 and losing only two games in 2006.
He takes over a Columbus High program that has struggled for most of the last decade. Barnhill coached only one season at Columbus going 1-9 after working as an assistant coach at Franklin County.