Ron Viscounte will no longer be Copley High School’s football coach.
Copley decided to let Viscounte go after seven seasons in which he compiled a record of 35-36, including a 4-6 mark in 2013.
“They no longer want me to coach there,” said Viscounte, 47. “I am currently teaching [world history and government] there.
“My athletic director [Jim Borchik] told me at 1:30 yesterday [Monday] that the assistant superintendent [Aaron Sable] wanted to meet with me at 2. I walked in the office at 2 and he said we no longer want you to be here. He said we are going in another direction.
“It pretty much caught me by surprise. You feel you do the best you can with the kids and the resources you have. I realize we didn’t have the best season, but I think we did the best with what we had, but obviously that wasn’t good enough.”
Viscounte guided Copley to a 9-2 record and a Division II playoff appearance in 2010. In the spring of 2011, he was the recipient of the Clem Caraboolad Memorial Coach of the Year Award from the Akron Beacon Journal and the Touchdown Club of Greater Akron.
The Indians posted 6-4 records in 2012 and 2011.
“Bottom line is in our world a collective decision was made to go in a different direction,” Borchik said. “We thank Ron Viscounte for seven years of service and we appreciate all the time and effort he has given to the kids in Copley. He is a good teacher and a good man who will continue to teach here at this point.”
Viscounte grew up in Uniontown and graduated from Lake High School where he played football for his father-coach, Roger. Ron was named Stark County Player of the Year in 1984 as a running back. He then earned four letters and was a two-year starter as a fullback and special teams performer at Bowling Green State University.
After graduation from BGSU in 1990, he was an assistant at Tiffin and Kent State for one year apiece, before accepting a full-time position as a teacher and assistant at Lake. He was an assistant at Lake under Jeff Durbin from 1992-2006, serving as defensive coordinator for the Blue Streaks from 1995-2006. He was named Copley’s coach in 2007.
“I am not in it for the wins and losses,” Viscounte said. “I am in coaching to make a difference in a kid’s life. I think I have been able to do that with the kids at Copley. Ultimately, you have to wins games and they thought I didn’t do enough in that department. I love to coach and will begin looking for places to coach. At this point in the year, an assistant job would be available. I would be happy to do that. I love working with kids.
“It was not my decision, but I will move on. I am sure something will turn up for me.”
Borchik said Copley is accepting applications for the coaching position.
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