Don Lorence said he has decided to step down as wrestling coach at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy after nine seasons to accept a new challenge.
Lorence will run Titan Wrestling Club, a non-profit corporation with a wrestling facility located in Mantua that will train kids from first grade all the way through college.
“It was a very tough decision,” Lorence said. “There are a lot of great people at CVCA that I have built great relationships over the years. Most coaches will wait for a time where it will be a rough year and maybe take off. This may be the best team they have ever had this upcoming year with Nathan Tomasello, a three-time state champion, going for his fourth title.
“The overall team should contend for a state title. It was a tough decision to leave. It is a hard decision with the relationships I have built with the kids and the families. I am excited for the opportunity with this wrestling club though. I want to work with kids of all skill levels and focus on taking them to wrestle nationally.”
Lorence coached Tomasello to three state titles and John Weakley to two state titles. Tyler Powers, Alex Utley, Matt Meadows also won a state title under Lorence’s guidance at CVCA.
Lorence, 50, graduated from Crestwood in 1980 after wrestling. He guided CVCA to Division III state runner-up team finishes in 2010 and 2011, and a third place showing in Division II in 2012. The Royals were also eighth in Division II in 2006, fourth in Division II in 2007, fourth in Division III in 2008 and third in Division III in 2009.
Lorence said his wrestling club opens Sunday.
“It is a year round wrestling and training facility for kids of all ages and skill levels,” Lorence said.
Programs offered include: a youth program (grades 1-6), junior high school, senior high school, open mats (two days per week) and special events. Additional staffing by several qualified recent college graduates will provide exposure to a variety of techniques.
“We are committed to providing an environment for all ages and levels, from beginners to state champions,” Lorence said. “Our clinics will feature college head coaches and their assistants. Also information will be provided on how to secure college scholarships and grants.”