Familiar face back with JFK

John Condoleon stepped away from the sidelines at John F. Kennedy High School in June 2004.

At that time, the former boys basketball coach hinted that he may return one day to walk the hardwood at JFK’s Gillen Gymnasium.

Thursday it was announced he’s returning to lead the Eagles’ girls program next season.

The JFK girls program began the 2012-13 season 0-4 before abruptly halting the campaign that started with seven players and was down to five due to illnesses.

The Eagles made last year’s Division IV district final in Rootstown before losing to Windham.

Condoleon initially left Kennedy because of increased business responsibilities within his company where he was a general manager at the time.

He mentored the Eagles boys to six winning seasons in seven years as the head coach, departing with a record of 90-67. His teams have three district final appearances.

Condoleon is a 1983 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and graduated from Bowling Green State University – beginning his coaching career at his high school alma mater. He then joined Dennis Rossi’s staff at Kennedy and took over when Rossi left in 1997.

Condoleon said in a news release from JFK High School that he is excited to continue the winning tradition within the girls program – a team that has been in Division IV district finals in recent years.

“The girls basketball program has had a strong winning tradition in the past,” Condoleon said. “I look forward to the opportunity to work on building that program and bringing that excitement back to girls basketball at JFK. From the Lower Campus to the Upper Campus, we will continue our winning traditions, continue our Blue Pride and build upon the family aspect that we have here at Kennedy.”

School president Brian Sinchak said he is happy to have Condoleon back walking the sidelines at Kennedy.

“John Condoleon is a true Kennedy Eagle and his Blue Pride runs deep,” Sinchak said in a news release. “He was a successful coach as part of our boys basketball program and he brings this experience and success to our new girls basketball program. Beyond his athletic experience, John is an accomplished member of our community and an outstanding man, husband and father. I am proud to welcome coach Condoleon back to the Kennedy coaching family. I am confident that he will inspire our young ladies to be successful on the court, in the classroom and in life.”