Walsh Jesuit Athletic Director Grant Conzaman plans to retire in June.
Conzaman will retire, effective June 28, after 40 years of service at Walsh Jesuit.
“Grant is the consummate gentleman and has been an outstanding athletic director and employee for 40 years,” Walsh President Karl Ertle said. “He truly exemplifies our mission, which he has carried down through our coaching staff, our parents and all involved with the Walsh Jesuit athletic community. His tireless work ethic and commitment to not only the Walsh Jesuit athletic program, but the Walsh Jesuit community is irreplaceable, and he truly will be missed.”
Conzaman began his career at Walsh as a guidance and college counselor in 1973. In the fall of 1978, he was named athletic director.
From 1978 until 1994, Conzaman served as both athletic director and counselor, becoming full-time athletic director in 1994.
During his 35 years as the head of the school’s athletic program, Walsh has won 37 state championships, seven national titles and had more than 50 individual state champions. He also expanded the men’s program from eight sports to include soccer, swimming and diving, bowling, lacrosse, volleyball and ice hockey. In addition, Conzaman was instrumental in the establishment of the competitive women’s program in 1993 when the school moved to co-ed.
Under Conzaman’s direction, the Warriors host a variety of annual tournaments in cross country, golf, volleyball and track and field. He also founded and is the director of the Ironman Wrestling Tournament, a tournament that attracts top wrestlers from across the country.
Conzaman has served as the tournament director for Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSSA) regional, and state semifinal soccer games, and sectional wrestling. He also serves as a mentor for new high school athletic directors in the area.
Conzaman has received numerous accolades for not only his contributions to Walsh athletics, but to the students and coaches he serves. In 2006, he was honored by the Northeast Ohio Alliance of Catholic Athletic Administrators as the Athletic Director of the Year.
In 2007, Walsh’s Athletic Booster Club established an annual scholarship in his name that provides $1,500 to two graduating student athletes. The award honors student athletes who possess a strong work ethic and desire to be a team player. In 2009, Conzaman was also awarded the Sportsmanship Ethics and Integrity Award from the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Gresser to swim at UC
Revere High School senior Emma Gresser signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and swimming careers on scholarship at the University of Cincinnati.
Gresser said the Bearcats recruited her to compete in the 200-yard butterfly, 100-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley.
“I am very excited for the new opportunity, and hopefully will have some consistency in college because I didn’t really have that in high school,” Gresser said. “I am looking forward to improving my times and represent UC well.”
Gresser earned four varsity letters on Revere’s swim team. She ended her senior season with a school-record performance in the 100 butterfly, clocking a 59.23 seconds, and finishing seventh in the Division I district meet in Cleveland. She also finished ninth at district in the 200 individual medley in 2:12.84.
Gresser, 18, holds three Revere school records, the 100 butterfly, the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. She also holds one Division II Akron sectional meet record, the 100 butterfly.
Gresser was a three-time state qualifier and a two-time Division II state medalist in Canton.
Lake’s Straley signs
Lake senior Tyler Straley will further his education and baseball career at Malone University.
The 6-foot Straley is the Blue Streaks’ ace right-handed pitcher.
“Tyler has really worked hard to put himself in the position to play at the next level,” Lake coach Mike Parker said. “He is a leader who loves the game of baseball. I am excited for the opportunities that lay ahead for him as he keeps progressing as a pitcher along the way.”
Straley is 6-0 this season and leads the team in innings pitched with 47. He has struck out 66, allowed 20 walks and has an ERA of 1.50.
The Hudson baseball team continues to win with regularity, upping its record to 21-4 under coach Buddy Dice with a 6-3 victory over visiting Elyria on Tuesday.
Seniors Jono Chafe, Tim Kennedy, Brian Malerick, Mitch Schoenman, Brian Snyder, Alex Agra, Ross McLelland and Alex Albright have been consistent leaders for the Explorers.
Juniors Kevin Zullo, Nanak Saran, Chris Seibert and Joey Cahill have also been steady performers for Hudson.
Lilley sets records
North Canton Hoover junior Jenna Lilley recently set two school records, home runs in a single season (seven) and home runs in a career (14).
Lilley entered this week with 39 hits in 56 at-bats for a .696 batting average. She has scored 42 runs and has 52 RBI in 25 games.
Hoover has four other regulars batting above .450: senior Ally Farrah (48-for-77, .623), senior MacKenzie DiPietro (34-for-68, .500), freshman Andrea Farrah (39-for-81, .482) and sophomore Kathleen Shier (36-for-79, .456).
The Vikings rely on junior Tara Thacker (15-0, 0.46 ERA) and senior Caly Russo (10-0, 1.90 ERA) in the pitching circle.
Hoover is 26-0 this season and has won the past two Division I state titles.
Decision set for today
Tim Stried of the Ohio High School Athletic Association said the referendum voting period for OHSAA member schools ended Wednesday.
Stried said results will be tabulated Thursday morning with an announcement to follow in the afternoon.