July 25, 2016

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Avon Lake hires Larry Laird to coach football

AVON LAKE — Former Medina football coach Larry Laird will begin his second head coaching stint next season when he takes over for Dave Dlugosz at Avon Lake. Dlugosz, a member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, retired last month after 21 seasons. Laird served as Dlugosz’s offensive coordinator for nine of the last 10 seasons, taking one year off to run the Bees program in 2010. Laird was the offensive coordinator at Kenton under Mike Mauk when the Wildcats won the Division IV state championship in 2001, and was running the Shoremen offense when they won the Division II state title in 2003 and returned to the state final in ’04. “I’ve been very fortunate to learn from some great coaches during my career,” Laird said. Laird led Medina to a 9-3 record during his one season at the helm, which included the program’s first playoff win when the Bees defeated Canton McKinley.

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