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Solis reportedly accepts coaching job at Olentangy

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Mark Solis will be the next Olentangy High School football coach, according to media reports.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported June 7 that Solis, 40, will leave Lorain, where he has coached for two seasons, to succeed Ed Terwilliger.

Terwilliger, who was 138-114 in 24 seasons at Olentangy, announced his retirement May 9.

“When our family looked at this decision from a family standpoint, it was beneficial for us,” Solis told The Plain Dealer. “Professionally speaking, it was an excellent opportunity, one that would have been difficult to pass up.”

Solis was 7-13 in two seasons at Lorain but has a career record of 101-50 with coaching stints at Ashland Crestview (1999-2003), Elyria (2004-06) and Twinsburg (2007-10) and has guided his teams to the playoffs six times.

Olentangy went 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the OCC-Capital Division last fall. The Braves earned the third seed in Division I, Region 3 and defeated sixth-seeded Dublin Scioto 21-17 in a first-round home game before losing 29-14 to seventh-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a semifinal.

Solis reportedly will teach U.S. history at Olentangy.

Solis’ wife, Julie, is a highly successful girls basketball coach at Twinsburg. The Twins won the 2011 and 2012 Division I state championships and reached the state final this past season, losing to Kettering Fairmont 52-48.