Grove City Record

Girls Volleyball

Kusan resigns as Ready's coach


When Michael Rossetti took over as Ready High School athletics director last summer, girls volleyball coach Mike Kusan told him there was a good chance he would be stepping down after the season.

Even a second consecutive run to the Division III state tournament didn't change Kusan's mind, as he announced his resignation after six seasons at the team's postseason banquet.

Kusan's daughter, Karley, is a senior who will play for the University of Akron next year. He also has three other children, including two who are involved in sports at the youth level.

Mike Kusan coached the eighth-grade girls volleyball team at Pleasant View Middle School in South-Western City Schools for seven years before taking over at Ready in 2007.

"I met every goal I set as a head coach, and with my (son Jude's) flag football team and with Karley going to Akron, it's going to be impossible to keep (coaching Ready volleyball)," Kusan said. "I probably made as much money as the middle school volleyball coach as I did at Ready and I work for two and a half months in middle school and seven months for high school volleyball. I kind of got burned out a little bit. I don't get to Ready until 4:30 (p.m.) every day. It's just the right time.

"I need to spend more time with my family. My wife coaches at Pleasant View and we haven't been able to go on a vacation. I may come back and coach again when my kids are a little older."

Kusan took over a Ready program that had gone 74-110 from 1999-2006 and transformed it into a state power.

The Silver Knights went 114-44 under Kusan and were a state semifinalist in 2011 and the state runner-up this season.

Ready went 20-9 overall this fall, losing 28-26, 25-15, 25-17 in the state final Nov. 10 at Wright State as Casstown Miami East won its second consecutive championship.

Karley Kusan was among the top players for the Silver Knights this fall. Her sister, 2011 graduate Lindsey Kusan, helped Ready earn district championships in 2008 and 2010 and a district runner-up finish in 2009.

Mike Kusan is a 1984 Ready graduate who played for the Silver Knights' 1983 Division IV state championship football team.

A teacher at Park Street Middle School in Grove City, he plans to continue to coach volleyball at the club level as well as help coach his son in football. He also has a daughter, Jordan, who is in seventh grade and plays club volleyball.