Landmark Eagles Football began as a ministry of Landmark Christian School then continued as a ministry from Landmark Church after the school closed its doors. From 2003 to 2013 Coach John Steinkoenig (Steiny) ran all aspects of the team, coaching, scheduling, equipment and more. The church paid his salary and the finances of the team were managed by the church. Steiny passed away in 2013.
Then in 2015, Landmark Church decided to sell property and no longer wanted to administer a football sports ministry. A group of dedicated parents (Kearns, Barton, DeHoff, Hughes) elected a parent board and created the 501c3 non-profit organization we have in place today. The organization had $1000 in the bank at the time, no place to store equipment, practice or play our games. The board worked with the City of Sharonville and found a park to use for practice, a POD storage unit for equipment and a multi-sport field to use for games. The bleachers were so short we couldn’t see over the varsity team, but it worked.
In 2016, Cincinnati Christian Schools (CCS) found they were no longer able to field a junior high or varsity football team. One of the parents, Jeff Carroll, reached out to former Landmark Christian School teammate and Landmark Head Coach, Mike Yeazel, to see if his son could play for Landmark. After a few meetings with CCS leadership and CCS football parents, Landmark moved their practice facilities to CCS. We were blessed with the use of a practice field, locker rooms and equipment rooms along with off season weight room availability. We were able to fill in the game spots at Lakota West Freshman School left after CCS’s team had to fold.
In 2018, Landmark joined the Great Lakes Christian Athletic Conference (GLCAC). Landmark won the GLCAC and attended the National Homeschool Football Association (NHFA) Tournament that year finishing 2nd overall. In 2019, the Landmark Eagles Cheer Team was established under the leadership of Coaches Cheri Bush and Debi Cottings. The varsity team finished 3rd in the GLCAC that season and traveled again to the NHFA Tournament.
Following in the footsteps of Coach Steiny was no easy task. However, the Lord has continued to bless Landmark Eagles Football with coaching staffs willing to sacrifice their time and talents to keep this program thriving.
The parent board is committed to remembering the past, managing the present and planning for the future.