For immediate release:
Joe Heiland to step down as
Head Wrestling Coach
Joe Heiland, the Demon head wrestling coach for the last three seasons has decided to step down from his head coaching responsibilities to spend more time with his growing family. Joe and his wife welcomed their third boy last week and he joins his two brothers in the family.
In his three seasons at the helm, the Demons have had some notable successes including this past season where they finished in the top three in each tournament they entered while winning three of them outright. In his three seasons, Heiland has coached 12 district qualifiers including five this past season. Also, this past season, six Demon wrestlers registered 30 or more wins. The middle school team and the elementary program have seen great success over the last few seasons and continue to grow.
The season was capped off by a magical run to the OHSAA State Championships by senior 170 pounder Moe Zayed. Zayed finished 4th in the Westlake sectional but made it all the way to the district final before settling for a runner up finish. Unfortunately, his opening round state match was to the eventual champion and he was defeated in the consolation round ending a great senior season.
“Family will always come first for me”, said Heiland, “but I am excited to watch the program grow from the sidelines. I just feel that at this time in my life, I need to embrace and build on my achievements in education and coaching, while pursuing the right balance between my family, teaching and my passion for wrestling. I want my athletes to continue to improve and make the right choices in their lives and to always outwork their opponents.”
Coach Heiland will remain as a Physical Education teacher in the district.
A coaching search will be started immediately.