July 24, 2016

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Bucks in the market for a football coach

YORK TWP. — For the second time in eight months, Buckeye’s football team is without a coach.

Athletic director Glen Reisner confirmed Wednesday the district is accepting applications through March 31 to replace Rick Schuler, who led the Bucks to a 3-7 record this season.

Rick Schuler

Schuler operated under an interim tag after taking over the position just one week before the preseason began. Reisner did not rule out Schuler, a social studies teacher at Rocky River High, returning to the position.

“We have a lot of options here,” Reisner said.

Billy Burke stepped down in July after leading the Bucks to a 26-25 record and three Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championships from 2007-11. The 2009 team reached the Division III, Region 9 playoffs, earning Burke Gazette Coach of the Year accolades.

Burke, who is still a gym teacher at Buckeye High, has since accepted the head job at Logan.

Schuler, who was previously head coach at Marion Catholic and Lorain Catholic, has been Buckeye boys basketball coach Matt Saunders’ top assistant for the past five seasons. When Schuler was approached by Reisner last summer, he accepted the responsibility as a stopgap until a thorough coaching search could take place.

After establishing itself as the premier team in the PAC, Buckeye has compiled three consecutive 3-7 seasons, but its roster size has steadily increased after having less than 30 varsity players in 2009.

John Maslanka (OL/DL), Christian Petek (DB) and Ryan Grauel (K) are first-team All-PAC Stars Division selections slated to return next season.

Interested parties should contact Reisner at (330) 722-8257, ext. 3053. Teaching positions may be open.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

Albert Grindle About Albert Grindle

Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.