LORAIN — The Lorain High football team is looking for a new coach late in the game.
Mark Solis accepted the head coaching position at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center, leaving the Titans after just two seasons.
“I want to thank the Lorain City Schools and the great people I was fortunate enough to work for, especially (athletic director) Bryan Koury,” Solis said. “I had the opportunity to work with a great bunch of kids.”
Solis said the job at Olentangy presented an opportunity for him and his family that he couldn’t pass up.
“Ultimately we’ve got to move on,” Koury said. “We’re in the process now in getting it posted on Monday. The bottom line is we’ve got a good group of kids coming back and we want to make this as seamless of a transition as possible.”
The coaching staff, including Solis, met with the players Friday morning.
“It was tough, a lot of emotion,” Solis said. “It was good, good emotion and genuine love in that meeting this morning. I told them to keep embracing the journey you’ve accepted and you’ll be fine.”
Solis arrived at Lorain with a career 94-37 record and six playoff appearances over 12 years with three teams, but managed just a 7-13 record in his two seasons with the Titans. Elyria residents will most remember his 2005 season, when he led the Pioneers to the Division I postseason and advanced with a 21-9 win over St. John’s Jesuit.
He left Elyria after the 2007 season and spent three years at Twinsburg, where he qualified for the Division I playoffs and advanced past the first round each year. Prior to coaching the Pioneers, he spent six seasons at Ashland Crestview.
“In any situation with change there is initial shock,” Koury said. “But our kids are resilient. In the end we’ll be able to get through this. We have a nice core group coming back. We had a lot of young players and I know they’re getting bigger and stronger.”
Olentangy went 9-1 in the regular season and advanced to the second round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs before losing to Hilliard Davidson 29-14. It was the Braves’ first playoff appearance since 2008, but they had at least a .500 record in all but one of those seasons.
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