Delaware Hayes High School football coach Mike LoParo has announced his resignation effective at the end of the school year to accept the same position at Hilliard Bradley.
LoParo, who also teaches social studies, lives in Hilliard. His wife teaches at Bradley. He will replace Ted Wierzbicki, who was 5-15 overall and 1-12 in OCC-Capital games in the school's first two seasons.
LoParo told Hayes athletics director Clint Fetty and principal Brad Faust on Tuesday.
LoParo guided the Pacers to a 16-15 record in his three seasons, including the school's lone Division I playoff appearance in 2008. That season, the Pacers went 7-4, losing to Pickerington Central 38-21 in the first round of the postseason.
Delaware finished 3-7 last fall, including 2-5 in the OCC-Capital.
Still, he said it was difficult meeting with the players Wednesday morning.
"It's not football related at all," LoParo said. "I want them to understand that. My children go to school in Hilliard and will be starting to play sports soon. It would be very tough for me to be here and there in the future."
LoParo thinks that the success Delaware enjoyed in his three-year stay will help the program land a very quality coach.
"There is a bright future here," he said. "The freshman class is special and there will be a strong coach here because of the talent and the great support from the parents and community.
"This is just a bittersweet situation. I've loved it here, but I think I have to go. I've struggled with the decision for days and I even struggled to go through the process at Bradley."