WESTLAKE — The Westlake school board made it official Thursday, hiring former Admiral King coach Mark Campo to lead Westlake High’s football team this season.
Campo, a 1980 Admiral King graduate, joins the Demons after turning around an Admiral King program that went 0-10 in Campo’s first season in 2004 and 7-3 last season, including 3-1 and second place in the Lake Erie League Erie Division.
In five years at Admiral King, he compiled a 20-29 record. Two of last season’s three losses were by one point.
“Westlake is an outstanding and solid school system,” Campo said. “The Southwestern Conference is always very competitive.
“I’m very proud that I was given the opportunity to coach at Admiral King, my alma mater. It’s something that I always dreamed of doing.
“It was very tough telling the Admiral King players that I was leaving them, especially the seniors. We had built some very good relationships and had been able to get some of the players continuing their playing days in college. I know they will work hard and keep up the good things that we were able to accomplish.”
Campo will help with guidance department activities and will be in charge of the Occupational Work Experience program at Westlake.
Westlake athletic director Dennis Bartlett said Campo impressed a selection committee throughout the hiring process.
Campo succeeds Mark Hollars, who left the Demons to become head coach at St. Marys Memorial. The Demons had a 2-8 record in 2008, including 0-7 against Southwestern Conference teams.
“We had over 60 applicants for this position,” said Bartlett. “Mark stood out from the others the whole time we had interviews. He’s passionate about the players and the game of football.
“He turned things around and did things the right way at Admiral King. Hopefully, he’ll do the same things for us. That includes getting some SWC wins and competing for a conference championship. Those are our ultimate goals.
“We’re very pleased to have hired him. We know that Mark’s excited to get things going.”
Lorain City Schools athletic director Bryan Koury also praised Campo.
“Mark does things the right way,” said Koury.
“He doesn’t look for quick fixes. Westlake is very fortunate to be hiring a coach of his caliber.”
Koury has begun the process of finding Campo’s replacement.
First, in keeping with Ohio Department of Education requirements, he must post the position within the district. If no internal candidate is accepted, or no one within the district applies, the job will be open to candidates outside the district.
Koury hopes to have a new coach as soon as possible because the first practice for the 2009 season is scheduled for Aug. 3.
Pogachar new Demons volleyball coach
Marc Pogachar was hired as head volleyball coach at Westlake High School on Thursday.
Pogachar has been an assistant volleyball coach at Avon, Brookside and Valley Forge.
“We are very proud to announce Marc as our new volleyball coach,” athletic director Dnnis Bartlett said in a written statement.
“He will work very hard to bring excellence to our program.”
For the past five years, he has also coached Junior Olympics volleyball for the Spirit Volleyball Club of Elyria.
Pogachar lives in Westlake.