Orange AD Milano resigns
Tony Milano, the only athletics director in the history of Olentangy Orange High School, handed in his letter of resignation July 25.
“I’ve been (an athletics director) for 13 years now,” he said. “I just thought it was time for me to make a change. This was the best time to do it.”
Milano said he has a couple of opportunities in business, but he declined to elaborate. He said he will not be involved in the search for his replacement.
He is the second athletics director from Olentangy schools to resign this year. Tom Gerhardt, who had been the athletics director at Liberty since the school opened in 2003, resigned in April and was replaced by Darin Meeker.
Milano served as athletics director at Grove City (1999-2005) and Ready (2004-06) before coming to Orange, which opened in August 2008.
He worked at Orange for a year before the school opened.
“(Orange) was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a program from the ground floor up,” Milano said. “Sometimes when you take over, you only get to hire some of the coaches. I got to hire every single coach on our staff. That’s an AD’s dream.
“I couldn’t ask for a better coaching staff. They’re a great team and our kids at Orange are lucky to have them.”
Milano said one of the things he’ll remember about the first school year at Orange was competing without any seniors.
“We opened our doors and suddenly we’re competing in the OCC, which I believe is the best conference in the state of Ohio, without any seniors on the fields or the courts,” he said. “Yet we were still competitive.”
In four years, the Pioneers have captured 13 league championships, starting with the boys basketball team’s OCC-Capital title in the 2008-09 season. In addition, the boys soccer team in 2010 and the hockey team last March reached state semifinals, the baseball team reached a regional final last spring and the football team made the playoffs in 2009 and 2011.
“In four short years, our coaches and kids have accomplished things that some schools have never done,” Milano said.