Jeff Durbin has stepped down as the Lake High School football coach after 23 seasons.
Durbin guided Lake to 14 appearances in the state football playoffs and to three state championship games. The Blue Streaks won five regional titles and won the Federal League four times while being the league’s smallest school.
“My 27 years as an employee at Lake Local have provided an extraordinary experience for me and my family,” Durbin said in a statement. “I have enjoyed an unwavering support of the administration, faculty and staff at Lake High School and Lake Middle School as I have persued my greatest passion as a football coach and educator.
“I am deeply indebted to the many assistant coaches who have been instrumental to the success of Lake football. I have been privileged to work with many of the finest young men our society has to offer, and I only hope that I have had as positive an impact on their lives as they have had on mine.”
Durbin, who retired three years ago as a Lake Local Schools administrator, posted a record of 163-98.
“Jeff was the textbook model for how a school-based interscholastic head coach should perform on and off the playing field every day with every one of his students,” Lake athletics director Bruce Brown said. “I’ve told many others that even if Jeff was coaching Tiddly Winks as a sport, I would want my child to play for him. The lessons and relationships that he developed with all of those who were touched by his program and his efforts are reflective of his passion as an educator.”