The Akron school district has hired Kemp Boyd to be the football coach at Kenmore High School.
Boyd takes over a Cardinals team that went 3-7 overall and 3-3 in the City Series last year under first-year coach Jason Knapp, who resigned earlier this year.
“Kemp was the defensive coordinator for Ricky Powers at Buchtel and prior to that he served as the linebacker coach at Canton McKinley [for Brian Cross],” said Joe Howard, the Akron Public Schools program manager of interscholastic athletics.
“He’s a great guy and he knows his football. I am looking for good things from Kemp and his staff at Kenmore.”
Boyd, 38, is originally from Springfield, Tenn., and was raised in Mount Juliet, Tenn. His family moved to Willard, Ohio, where he was a two-year starter at running back and linebacker as a junior and senior, and graduated in 1994.
Boyd has a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in history from the University of Akron and a Master of Arts in organizational management with a concentration in business leadership from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.
He was defensive coordinator at Buchtel from 2009-2013 and was a linebacker coach at Canton McKinley from 2004-2008. He also coached at Kenmore under former coach Tony Grimes from 1998-2001 as the offensive coordinator-quarterback coach for a season and then was the defensive coordinator.
“I think this is a tremendous opportunity from the standpoint that you are coming into a place at Kenmore that is untapped,” Boyd said. “It has been over 40 years since they have won the City Series title in football. I think there is talent there to work with.”
Boyd said he and his staff plan to feature a team that plays “physical football” and that a key step is “changing the culture surrounding the football team.”
North seeks coach
North High School is seeking a football coach.
Akron Public Schools Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics Joe Howard said Wednesday that Mike Laktash has resigned as coach after four seasons.
Laktash guided North to a 1-9 overall record and a 0-6 mark in the City Series in 2013. The Vikings were 3-37 during his tenure as coach.
Interested applicants should contact Howard by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 330-761-2755.
Esterak sets school record
Abbe Esterak is the Woodridge girls basketball program’s all-time leader in career free-throw attempts with 231. She has made 160 free throws.
Esterak accomplished the feat on Saturday in a 52-50 win over visiting Cleveland Central Catholic in a Macedonia Division II sectional game. Woodridge hosts Cleveland Heights Beaumont tonight.
Perry shines on the mat
The Perry wrestling team enters this weekend’s Division I district tournament at Mentor as the clear favorite.
Perry won the Division I sectional meet at home last weekend with 335 points, finishing ahead of schools such as Lake (207 points) and Jackson (152.5 points).
Perry won the Division I Team Duals state title in Columbus on Feb. 8 at St. John Arena with wins over Delaware Hayes (54-9), Lakewood St. Edward (48-15) and Brecksville (48-9). The Panthers are poised to win several individual state titles and another team title in Columbus on March 1 at Value City Arena.
The 10 Panthers who won individual sectional titles last week were: seniors Tommy Genetin (106 pounds), David Bavery (126), Casey Sparkman (152), Tony Dailey (160), Isaac Bast (170) and Stefano Millin (220) and juniors Jose Rodriguez (113), Jake Newhouse (120), Jason Spencer (132) and Nick Steed (138).
Lake won two sectional titles at Perry with junior Zac Carson (145) and senior Chris Meffert (195) placing first. Carson is 40-0 this season.
Jackson junior Will Kanters (285) and Green senior Jake Gladwell (182) also won titles.
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