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High school football: Keystone's Rob Clarico resigns after 13 years, says he needs to 'recharge batteries'

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    Rob Clarico



LAGRANGE — Rob Clarico’s resume includes a conference championship and the school’s first and only playoff appearance in his 13 years at Keystone.

But Monday, Clarico decided to step down as the Wildcats’ football coach.

Clarico, who was

60-71 as Keystone’s coach, won a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship and made the playoffs in 2013 on the way to an 8-3 record.

Clarico’s best year was 2007 when the Wildcats were 8-2.

“I’m grateful to the Keystone community,” Clarico said. “I just need some time to recharge my batteries.”

Athletic Director Marcus Brailer could not be reached for comment.

Clarico didn’t leave out the chance he may return to coaching football again in the future.

“It’s become a 12-month job,” he said. “I’m looking forward to having more time with my family over the next year.”

Clarico followed his father’s footsteps into coaching. Don Clarico was a head coach at Avon for many years and Clarico believes it influenced his own path.

“My first job was a ball boy for my dad at Avon,” Clarico said. “I was a lawyer for 10 years. I would come out on Friday nights to watch and help my dad. They seemed to be having more fun than I was so I decided to become a teacher and a coach.

“I came looking for a job and I found a life.”

Clarico and his wife have two daughters and a stepson, Ty Cowling. Clarico had the opportunity to coach Cowling and felt that may have influenced his decision.

“Every year when the season’s over, I’m sure every coach thinks about giving it up,” Clarico said. “Seeing Ty and his classmates all the way from the third grade on made it special for me this past season. The senior class were all like my kids to me.”

Keystone finished 6-4 this year after a 6-1 start but Clarico had his mind pretty much made up before the season started that this would be his last.

“Thirteen years is a long time to do anything,” he said. “The job of head coach is a year-round grind. It is time for me to take a break from that grind. I came here 13 years ago without much insight into the Keystone community. I am now proud to say I am a member of that community.”

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