Harold Ickes confirmed Monday he is retiring from coaching at the high school level following nearly three decades in a career that has spanned several sports and schools.
Ickes, 49, spent the past 10 seasons as the boys basketball coach at Garfield.
“After 27 years of coaching various high school sports, 26 of them in varsity positions, I have decided to concentrate on coaching my 9-year-old son [Luke] and my 11-year-old son [Jake],” Ickes said. “I am heavily involved with the Green Youth programs including travel baseball and basketball.”
Ickes also recently served as Garfield’s coach in boys golf and boys cross country for three seasons each.
His coaching career includes stints elsewhere. Ickes coached for one season as the girls basketball coach at Firestone and then was the boys basketball coach at East for four seasons.
Ickes also has experience coaching softball (eight seasons at East) and volleyball (10 seasons at East, two at North Canton Hoover and four at Archbishop Hoban).
“I have no idea what my record is,” Ickes said. “I was keeping track when I was younger, but I have just gotten to be too busy.
“It has been fun. I got to see a variety of kids and worked in public city schools, public suburban schools and parochial schools. I have had a lot of great experiences with kids and this has opened a lot of doors for me. It has been a good run. I have really enjoyed it. It’s just, I was in the gym seven days a week between coaching a high school team and coaching my sons.”
Ickes is a 1983 Northwestern High School graduate and has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in integrated technology from the University of Akron. He also holds a license for administration from Ashland University.
“I will surely miss the varsity competition, but realize that my sons are only young once,” Ickes said. “I have been trying to do both the last couple of years and to be honest it was extremely difficult.”
Ickes said he will continue to teach as he is finishing his first year as the Integrated Software Applications teacher at Firestone.
Ickes’ teaching career includes being either a full-time instructor or substitute at eight Akron Public Schools: East, Garfield, Ellet, Firestone, Buchtel, Kenmore, North and now-closed Central-Hower.
Rauscher selects Malone
St. Vincent-St. Mary junior Leah Rauscher gave an oral commitment to continue her academic and soccer careers at Malone University. The 5-foot-4 junior has been St. V-M’s starting goalkeeper in each of the past three seasons. She has earned All-Ohio and All-Northeast Ohio District honors.
“I feel so relieved,” Rauscher said. “I can just go into my senior year and not be worried about it. I chose Malone because I love the team, the coach and the Christian aspect of it.”
Rauscher, a 16-year-old Norton resident, said she plans to major in nursing at Malone. She also considered going to Longwood (Va.), Ashland, Ohio Dominican and Kent State.
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