Canton Central Catholic announced Monday that longtime assistant Jeff Lindesmith will be named head football coach.
Lindesmith will replace Lowell Klinefelter, who retired last month after 41 seasons as coach.
“Throughout its history, Central Catholic has been blessed with outstanding football coaches,” CCC President Father Robert Kaylor said. “Jeff Lindesmith will continue this legacy of excellence. He has earned this opportunity through his 28 years of serving as an assistant coach, which has prepared him for his challenge. Jeff is organized, creative, a student of the game and a leader of men.”
Lindesmith, a guidance counselor at CCC, graduated from Canton Timken High School in 1982. He also graduated from Wilmington College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial education and received his Master of Education in school counseling and socials services from the University of Dayton in 1989.
Lindesmith has been an assistant on Klinefelter’s football staff since September of 1986, and has also been an assistant in baseball since 1986 to coach Doug Martin. He was named interim head football coach from Sept. 7-27, 1994, and then returned to being an assistant.
“Jeff Lindesmith has been an integral part of the Central Catholic family and the football program for many years and we are pleased that he accepted this position,” CCC Principal Dave Oates said.
Jeff and his wife, Karla, have been married for 25 years. They have two sons, both graduates of CCC; Beau (2009) and Zachary (2012).
Highland buzzes to the top
Highland enters the week No. 1 in the Suburban League boys basketball standings.
Hornets coach Michael Murphy said juniors Tanner Houska and Brogan Scott are solid leaders this season.
Scott is averaging about 20 points and 11.5 rebounds per game and Houska is chipping in about 13 points and seven assists per game.
Highland (7-3, 5-1) hosts Valley Forge today and then travels to Copley on Friday. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Tallmadge (6-4, 4-2) is second in the Suburban League. Three teams are tied for third: Nordonia (4-5, 3-3), Revere (5-5, 3-3) and Wadsworth (5-4, 3-3).
Highland’s wins are against Brecksville, Wooster, Revere, Tallmadge, Cloverleaf, Nordonia and Wadsworth. The Hornets’ losses are to Green, Westlake and Buckeye.
Nordonia picks a coach
Tricia Pozsgai is in line to be the Nordonia softball coach.
Nordonia Athletic Director Rob Eckenrode said a recommendation will be made to the Board of Education members in February to hire her.
Pozsgai, a former player and graduate of Baldwin Wallace, posted a 120-66 record during her tenure as coach at Wickliffe from 2004-12. She was named the Chagrin Valley Conference coach of the year in 2006 when she led Wickliffe to a CVC league championship and a district runner-up.
“We are extremely pleased to recommend Tricia Pozsgai as our new softball coach,” Eckenrode said in a news release. “Coach Pozsgai brings tremendous energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to the position and we are proud to have her lead our softball program.”
Pozsgai is a math teacher at Nordonia Middle School. She served as a softball assistant coach last season.
Former Nordonia coach Megan Monsman resigned for personal reasons, Eckenrode said.
Suburban League opening
The Suburban League, currently an eight-team league but expanding in 2015-16, is seeking to add one more school.
Current member Cloverleaf announced in 2013 it is leaving to join the Portage Trail Conference, thus creating a need for one more school to complete the 16-team, two-conference league.
Interested schools should contact either Tallmadge Athletic Director Don Seeker by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 330-633-6956, or Suburban League Commissioner Keith Walker by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 330-328-9295.
The Suburban League has commitments moving forward from six current members Copley, Highland, Revere, Nordonia, Tallmadge and Wadsworth, and nine new members Aurora, Barberton, Brecksville, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent Roosevelt, North Royalton, Stow and Twinsburg.
Green announced in 2013 that it will be leaving the Suburban League and joining the Federal League in 2015-16.
Green will compete against current Federal League members Canton McKinley, GlenOak, Jackson, Lake, North Canton Hoover and Perry.
Federal seeks applicants
The Federal League is accepting applicants for the position of assistant commissioner.
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Kevin Tobin, Principal, Lake High School, 1025 Lake Center St. NW, Uniontown, OH 44685.
Deadline for applicants is Jan. 24. Applicants should have a strong familiarity with the Federal League and its expectations for competition and sportsmanship. It is preferred that applicants have held leadership roles and active involvement in officials associations.
Officiating experience in football, basketball and volleyball is preferred. Candidates should have a familiarity with social networking such as Twitter and Facebook and basic web page design. Joe Eaton is the commissioner of the Federal League.
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