Olentangy Valley News


Olentangy selects Solis as coach


After a four-week search for a football coach, Olentangy High School athletics director Jay Wolfe thinks he found the right candidate in Mark Solis.

Solis, 40, accepted Wolfe's offer to replace Ed Terwilliger on June 7 and was expected to meet with the players June 10.

Solis was 7-13 at Lorain the past two seasons but has a career record of 101-50 and six playoff appearances in 14 seasons. His coaching resume includes stints at Ashland Crestview (1999-2003), Elyria (2004-06) and Twinsburg (2007-10).

"He has won at all levels, from small schools (Crestview is in Division V) to big schools (Elyria, Lorain and Twinsburg are in Division I)," Wolfe said. "That caught our eye right away. We also have a teaching opening that fits. He was one of the first two in our final five (candidates), and right away then he was in our top two. We wanted to have somebody in by June 7, in time for the summer."

Wolfe said between 40 and 50 candidates applied to succeed Terwilliger, who announced his retirement May 9 after compiling a 138-114 record in 24 seasons at Olentangy.

"A couple years ago, my wife and I discussed moving to central Ohio if the opportunity presented itself," Solis said. "This is a great opportunity. I am liking what I see in the program, especially the people. We have the chance to take what Ed did and go to the next level."

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

Solis plans to employ a no-huddle offense.

"The ball is going to fly around the field," Wolfe said. "I can't think of very many times we've gone no-huddle in recent years, but this is going to be a different look. Once the play is over, they're going to be right on the line of scrimmage."

Solis , who will teach social studies at Olentangy, and his wife, Julie, have two children -- Trevor, 12, and Rylee, 4.

Julie is the girls basketball coach at Twinsburg. She guided the Twins to the Division I state title in 2011 and 2012. The Twins were state runners-up this past season.