Long-time Ohio high school coach and state champion Doug Taracuk enters his third season with Capital University football staff as an assistant coach. His main responsibility is developing the Crusaders’ offensive line.
With Taracuk coaching the offensive line, Zack Kennedy ’18 was crowned a two-time All-OAC honoree in his final two seasons. Following the 2016 and 2017 season, Kennedy was named Second Team All-OAC and helped protect quarterback Thomas Wibbeler as the Crusader offense began its transition into a spread offense.
Prior to joining the Purple and White, Taracuk was assistant coach at Dublin Scioto High School (Dublin, Ohio) where he spent 12 years grooming the offensive line, defensive line, tight ends, receivers and was the offensive coordinator from 2009-2015.
Taracuk, a product of Barberton, Ohio, has 42 years of coaching experience. He was an assistant on the 1985 OHSAA Division II state championship team at Galion High School, and an assistant coach on seven league champion and eight OHSAA playoff teams. Twice in his career, he has helped guide his teams to undefeated seasons.
In 2012, he was named OHSFCA Region X Assistant Coach of the Year. During his coaching career, he coached for four Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Coaches in Rudy Sharkey (Barberton), Pat Mancuso (Cincinnati Princeton), Jim Laut (Massillon Jackson), and Bob Seaman (Worthington).
He has coached six NFL players: John Klingel (Philadelphia Eagles), Dave Kadella (Panthers and Jaguars), Nick Goings (Panthers), Ike Ndukwe (Saints, Dolphins, Chiefs, and Giants), Bradley McDougald (Chiefs and Buccaneers), and Deji Olatoye (Ravens, Chiefs, and Cowboys). He also coached First Team All-American Adam Olds (Army) while he was at Dublin Coffman. He was a contributor to several articles on offensive football for X&O Labs website and is a member of its Advisory Board.
Taracuk holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Miami University (1975). He also holds a master’s degree in sports management from The Ohio State University (1986).
Taracuk is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. He is married to his wife, Krista, and has two sons, Brad and Mark. Taracuk currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.