Tim Chapman, 33, replaces Ryan Irish, who resigned after two seasons with the Ravens. Chapman was previously a defensive coordinator at Lamphere High School in Madison Heights.
The new head coach, who grew up in Royal Oak, is a strong communicator and is looking forward to bringing what he calls "relentless optimism" and passion to the Ravens' program.
"I am extremely excited to come to Royal Oak," Chapman said. "I've been watching films and we'll have a decent core of athletes. My take is that we have some good, hard-working kids."
After years of disappointing seasons, the Ravens won four games last fall – enough to move the team up to the OAA White Division to complete with teams such as Rochester Adams and Farmington Hills Harrison.
"The players have had a taste for success and they are hungry to maintain that success," Chapman said.
Players put on pads on Aug. 11; the first game is on Aug. 28 against Henry Ford in Utica. Any words of advice or encouragement for Royal Oak's new head football coach? Tell us in the comments.