John Rositano being tabbed as new Lorain Titans boys basketball coach

MORNING JOURNAL FILE PHOTO Former Amherst girls basketball coach John Rositano is being recommended to be Lorain High’s new boys basketball coach.

Lorain High has found its man to replace Andy Bastock as the boys’ basketball coach.

Amherst girls basketball coach John Rositano — who is the Physical Education teacher at Lorain High — will be recommended to the Board of Education on Tuesday, May 14 for the Titans’ head coaching position.

Lorain High athletic director Bryan Koury posted the position internally after Bastock was relieved of his duties last month.

“John was one of the individuals that interviewed and obviously he was very impressive during the interview process,” Koury said. “We were very encouraged by his plan and what he wanted to do, how he wanted to do it, his vision ... not only what he wanted to do this upcoming season but what he wanted to see in years to come.”

Rositano is certainly qualified for the position, having coached high school basketball for the past 26 years — 16 years as a boys coach and 10 as a girls coach.

And he’s familiar with Lorain basketball, too.

In 1994-95 he was the Lorain High boys’ coach, guiding the team to a 19-5 record and its first-ever District championship.

From 1995-2002 Rositano was the boys’ coach at Lorain Admiral King, where he compiled a 110-64 record — winning the Erie Shore Conference championship twice.

“I’m unbelievably excited,” Rositano said. “I left Lorain Admiral King to go to Amherst to coach (my daughters) and I had a blast doing that, now I get to go back to my hometown school and coach Lorain kids again. I can’t wait.”

Since 2003, Rositano has coached the Amherst girls’ team, going 147-75. He guided the Comets to three Southwestern Conference championships and a District championship and regional final appearance in 2005.

This past season Amherst advanced to the Division I Elyria District semifinals.

As excited as Rositano is to return to coach Lorain, he enjoyed his time in Amherst.

“It was so neat for me to be able to coach my own two daughters, and I met a lot of great girls and families in the process,” Rositano said. “The administration was terrific and I would not trade that experience for the world. It’s almost like I hit the jackpot. I had a great time in Amherst and I get to go back to where I belong quite honestly.

“I’m a Lorain guy and I love being around Lorain guys. It feels really good right now.”

And Rositano kept an open mind if he ever got the chance to coach Lorain again.

“It’s always in the back of your mind because I teach there, and I’ve always enjoyed being around Lorain guys, Lorain kids,” Rositano said. “When the opportunity presented a couple weeks ago it was a no-brainer for me.”

As a coach, Rositano was named Northeast Ohio Coach of the Year twice, Lorain County Coach of the Year eight times, and both Southwestern Conference and Erie Shore Conference Coach of the Year three times.

Rositano graduated from Admiral King High School, where he was a member of the 1980 basketball team that finished state runner-up. He holds the Admiral King record for free-throw shooting percentage (90.3 percent).



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Last Updated: 5/1/2013 9:37:58 PM EST

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