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Brenda Friend, Ty Stevenson to serve as Western Reserve coaches

• May 14, 2018 at 10:00 PM

COLINS — The Western Reserve board of education is expected to approve Brenda Friend as the head girls’ basketball coach and Ty Stevenson as the school’s head football coach Tuesday night.

Stevenson is also on the agenda to be approved for a one-year, limited teaching contract to continue in his current assignment as the middle and high school technology teacher.

Stevenson replaces Mike Stoll, who recently announced his retirement.

Stoll’s teams finished with an overall record of 119-95 in 21 seasons at Western Reserve. He led the Roughriders to two Firelands Conference championships and two Division V playoff appearances, both which came in the 2010 and 2012 seasons.

Friend, meanwhile, replaces Laura Pierson, who was suspended from acting as coach in February following alleged “inappropriate behavior” linked to text messages with her players.

Despite the coaching disruption, Western won the Firelands Conference and district championships, falling to Ottawa-Glandorf in a Div. III regional title game. District Treasurer Brett Robson served as interim head coach during the Lady Riders’ postseason run that ended one step away from the state semifinals.

Friend previously coached the Lady Riders and enjoyed much success. She earned Associated Press All-Ohio Coach of the Year honors for the 2012-13 season.

In 27 years of coaching that includes area stops at St. Paul, Sandusky, Edison and Western Reserve, Friend has compiled a 346-257 record. Her most successful stop was at Western, where she guided the ‘Riders to multiple FC championships and two regional appearances in Division III in 2010 and 2012.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda to be approved as certified staff members for the 2018-19 school year, pending successful completion of all board requirements, are Brad Perkins as head cross country coach, Sarah Callahan as assistant cross country coach, Lisa Muenz as head volleyball coach and Chris Sheldon as head boys’ basketball coach.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a closed-door, executive session to discuss the employment of a public employee before considering any old or new business to come before the board.

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