Former Avon Lake High School assistant football coach Larry Laird was approved as football coach by the Avon Lake Board of Education Jan. 8.
He is replacing 21-year coach Dave Dlugosz, who retired in 2012 after winning 200 football games.
“He left a couple of years ago to (be the head coach at) Medina and did a fine job down there,” Avon Lake Superintendent of Schools Bob Scott said.
Laird, 44, became the Medina High School head football coach in 2010, leading the Battling Bees to a 9-3 record before returning to Avon Lake. He was the offensive coordinator for nine of the last 10 years under Dlugosz, including the Shoremen’s Division II state championship in 2003.
“Our expectations never change,” Laird told The Plain Dealer. “We want to win the opener, win the conference, make the playoffs and win a state championship.”
According to the Medina Gazette, Laird was the offensive coordinator at Kenton under Mike Mauk in 2001, when that team won the Division IV state championship.
“I’ve been very fortunate to learn from some great coaches during my career,” Laird told the Gazette.