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Wojcik out as Firestone boys basketball coach

By mikeb Published: July 13, 2011

Joe Wojcik is out as the Firestone High School boys basketball coach after three seasons.

Akron Superintendent David W. James confirmed Monday after a board meeting that Firestone is searching for a new boys varsity basketball coach.

“Yes, it has been posted [since July 1],” James said. “Right now we are going to look and see who applies.

“We are looking for some new leadership at the school.”

When asked what brought on the job posting, James said: “That is subject to executive sessions, so I can’t talk about the specifics of that because they do involve an active employee of Akron Public Schools. Again, it is just posted and we are looking at going in a different direction.”

Wojcik led Firestone to a 13-10 record last season with standout senior player Darius Carter. The Falcons were the No. 3 seed at the Copley Division I district behind Stow and Green. Firestone defeated Ellet and Kent Roosevelt to win a sectional title, then was eliminated by Green in a district semifinal.

Wojcik compiled a 32-31 overall mark in three seasons.

Telephone messages left for Wojcik on Monday were not returned at press time.

Wojcik took over the Firestone boys basketball program after longtime coach Jerry Laria stepped aside for health reasons. Wojcik worked as an assistant to Laria on the Falcons teams that won the Copley Division I district titles in 2007 and 2008 with star player Ramel Mitchell.

Firestone lost to GlenOak in the 2007 regional final at the University of Akron after defeating Brecksville, Stow, Wadsworth and Cleveland Glenville in postseason play.
In 2008, Firestone fell to Canton Timken in a regional semifinal at UA following postseason victories against North, Kent Roosevelt and Stow.

Firestone football coach Tim Flossie and North football coach Michael Laktash were among several coaches in various sports Monday whose supplemental contracts were renewed for this school year.

James recommended to the school board in June that Flossie’s contract not be renewed, but the board then voted to keep him.

James said he expects the seven Akron high schools to have the same football coaches as last season.



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