Medina High School Athletic Director, Todd Hodkey, is recommending Larry Laird as the next head football coach of the Medina Battling Bees, pending Board of Education approval. Laird, who was the head coach of the Strongsville Mustangs, resigned his position today.
Prior to going to Strongsville, he was the assistant coach for the Avon Lake Shoremen from 2002-2010 under Dave Dlugosz and was the offensive coordinator when Avon Lake won the 2003 Division II state title and was runner-up the following year. The team earned 11 playoff berths during his time as an assistant. Laird also spent three years as an assistant coach from 2000-2002 for Kenton High School winning the state championship in 2001.
This is not Laird’s first time as a Bee. He was the head coach in 2010, leading the Bees to a 9-3 record and their first playoff victory when they defeated Canton McKinley. In the 2011-2012 season, he returned to Avon Lake as an assistant coach as a result of staffing cuts in Medina in 2010. 2013 saw Laird step up as head coach leading the Avon Lake Shoremen once again to the playoffs. In 2014, he went to Strongsville as head coach of the Mustangs. Today’s announcement of the recommendation will bring Laird back to the home of the Battling Bees.
“Larry is coming back to Medina after being gone since 2010, and we are excited that he has the opportunity to return.”