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Lakeview’s Pavlansky back home at Poland

POLAND — A Poland Seminary High School graduate will be working in his old stomping grounds — and right down the street from his brother.

Tom Pavlansky will be the new varsity football head coach at Poland, his alma mater, pending a Feb. 22 board of education meeting, he said. He will coach at the stadium named after his late father, Dave, who was Poland’s football coach from 1968 to 1978.

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to be there,” Pavlansky said Tuesday.

He’s excited for several reasons.

Tom’s brother, Mike, is the football head coach at Canfield — the Bulldogs’ crosstown rival. The teams are scheduled to play in Week 1 of the 2021 season.

It will be an odd start to the season for the Lakeview Bulldogs. Tom Pavlansky was the head coach at Lakeview High School for the last 22 years, and he told the team about his depature on Tuesday. In his 22 years with Lakeview, he earned four conference titles and seven OHSAA playoff appearances. The Bulldogs reached the regional final in 2007.

“It was tough,” Pavlansky said of leaving Lakeview. “It was not easy. Much thought (went into it), talking it over with my wife and kids. The Lakeview people — the players, the staff, the administrators, all of the support — they mean the world to me. They always will. Without their support over the last 22 years, opportunities like this don’t happen.”

Poland’s former head coach, Ryan Williams, stepped down in December.

In 1992, Pavlansky, a 1987 graduate of Poland, began his coaching and teaching career at Lakeview, moving up to head coach in 1999. He will continue to teach ninth-grade social studies at Lakeview, he said.

“Our goal as a program is to build upon a great tradition of Poland Bulldog football,” Pavlansky said.

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