Athletic Director: Tony Cipollone, MAEd, CAA
27830 HILLIARD BLVD
WESTLAKE, OH 44145
Phone: (440) 835-6354
Tony Cipollone assumed the duties of the Director of Athletics for the Westlake City School District in August of 2010. Mr. Cipollone came to Westlake after an extensive coaching and administrative tenure in the collegiate ranks.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Cipollone was a two-sport star at Plum High School excelling in football and wrestling. As a senior in high school, Cipollone was a two way starter at cornerback and tailback for the Mustangs and was a state qualifier for the wrestling team leading them to a sectional title. During that summer, Cipollone also was a state runner-up in both the Freestyle and Greco Roman state championships and culminated his high school career by placing 6th at the Junior National Greco Roman National Championships held at the University of Northern Iowa.
Mr. Cipollone attended Baldwin-Wallace College where he continued to participate in both football and wrestling. He ended his playing career at B-W with three letters in football, helping in his senior season to lead the Jackets to a 10-0 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship finish and a spot in the Division III playoffs where he was the leading rusher in their loss to eventual champion, Dayton. He was also a 4 year starter in wrestling, qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Championships two times and in the process winning 110 matches (which at that time was the BW record). He won numerous tournaments while at BW.
Upon his graduation with a B.A in Political Science and minors in Business Management and Communications, Cipollone remained at BW, becoming part of the football coaching staff under the late legendary coach, Bob Packard and a part of the wrestling staff under long-time coach Rich Fleming, while working on his Masters in Education, which he received in 2000.
After two seasons, Cipollone was named the Head Wrestling Coach and Assistant Football Coach at Muskingum College (now University). He eventually became the Defensive Coordinator for the Muskies, coaching six All-OAC First Team Inside Linebackers including Scott Greenawalt, who is now the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of South Carolina men’s basketball team. In wrestling, he took a downtrodden team with fewer than 10 wrestlers, and in 5 seasons turned them into a nationally ranked, Ohio Athletic Conference Championship team. In the process, he gave Muskingum the first men’s OAC title of any kind since 1979.
In December of 2000, Cipollone was named to be the first wrestling coach in the history of Mercyhurst College (now University). Building a program from scratch with almost all freshmen, Cipollone compiled a 67-41-1 record over 6 seasons giving him over 100 wins as a coach in his career. He also coached 14 NCAA Division II All-Americans and his teams finished in the Top 15 in the nation 3 times. He also coached over 20 NWCA Academic Team members. Most recently, two of his initial recruiting class wrestlers, Ben McAvinew (2x All American, NCAA runnerup) and Justin Mautz (3X All American) were the first two wrestlers ever inducted into the Mercyhurst Universtiy Athletic Hall of Fame. Cipollone also mentored Lake Erie College Head Coach, Kevin Hoogenboom, who recently became the GLIAC and Regional coach of the year as one of his assistant coaches.
At the end of the 2007 season, Cipollone, who had been also an Assistant Athletic Director from 2005 to 2007 was named Associate Director of Athletics/Director of NCAA Compliance for the Lakers. He was in charge of all NCAA Compliance concerns for 23 Division II sports and 2 Division I sports for the Lakers. Cipollone also managed the scholarship budget for the Lakers and was an integral part of the Lakers switch from the Great Lakes Athletic Conference to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
In the spring of 2008, Cipollone accepted the Associate Director of Athletics and Recreational Services position at Allegheny College. While at Allegheny, Mr. Cipollone oversaw 23 club sports and also managed a public and student use state of the art athletic facility. During his time at Allegheny, he oversaw the construction of 500 seat, ADA approved, visitor side seating section and fencing for the competition stadium, the replacing of the indoor track surface and custom made trophy cases and display cases in the competition gymnasium.
Since coming to Westlake, the Demon teams (Grades 7-12) have won over 27 Southwestern Conference titles with numerous individual accomplishments. The Demon teams have been recognized as not only great athletes but some of the best students in the nation. In his time in Westlake, the Demon Baseball team made it to the state finals, finishing as the Division I State Runner-ups and tennis player, Colton Buffington, won the OHSAA Division I Singles Championships and was named as the Plain Dealer Player of the Year as well. Swimmer, Joe Craven also won a state title as well as. Girls Tennis player, Lauren Golick was the 2012 OHSAA Division I Singles State Champion in tennis.
Mr. Cipollone has completed his coursework and passed the exam to become a CAA (Certified Athletic Administrator).
Cipollone has been inducted into both the Baldwin Wallace Athletic Hall of Fame (2004) and the Plum High School Hall of Fame (2017).
Mr. Cipollone, his two sons, Casey (age 15) and Cael (age 12) who both participate in multiple sports including football, baseball, , track and field and basketball, and his wife Tiffany reside in Westlake, OH.