Mike Lanza has resigned after three seasons as Grove City High School football coach.

Mike Lanza has resigned after three seasons as Grove City High School football coach.

He informed his players of his decision after his team's 41-0 loss at Pickerington Central on Oct. 28 in its season finale. The Dawgs went 5-25 record under Lanza, including 0-10 this season.

"It was tough," Lanza said of his decision. "I told the kids that they needed to let someone else have a shot at it. I just wanted them to remember the life lessons and don't worry so much about the record."

Lanza coached six seasons at Jonathan Alder (1984-89), compiling a 24-36 record. He then spent five seasons at Whitehall (1990-94), where he went 17-33 but was named Division II state and district Coach of the Year in 1993 when the Rams ended an 18-game losing streak and shared the OCC-Capital Division title.

Lanza then coached 13 seasons at Gahanna (1995-2007), where he went 90-49, including 3-6 in six playoff appearances. He guided the Lions to OCC-Ohio titles in 1998 and 2001 and is the winningest coach in program history.

In 1998, Gahanna went 10-0 during the regular season and Lanza was named district Coach of the Year.

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