Beaver Local hires Pacanowski as basketball coach

CALCUTTA – Beaver Local will have a new man in charge when the boys basketball season rolls around this winter.

The Beavers approved the hiring of Jason Pacanowski as the new head boys basketball coach at a Board of Education meeting Monday.

Pacanowski-who is a math teacher at Beaver Local-served as a varsity assistant the last three seasons under Jeremy Christen and was a the Youngstown State University director of basketball operations from 2008-2013.

“I’m very excited to take over,” Pacanowski said. “It’s been a privilege to serve under coach Christen for the last three years, and it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to run by own program.”

Prior to his stint at YSU, Pacanowski served as a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois, where he earned his masters degree, from 2006-2008. As an undergrad at Southern Illinois, he served as the mens basketball team manager. Pacanowski grew up and attended high school in the Chicago suburbs.

“Basketball has been a big part of my life for the last 20 years,” Pacanowski said. “I’ve always wanted to get into coaching. Initially I wanted to do something at the college level, but the travel became too much with a family. I decided to shift my focus to teaching and coaching and an opportunity opened up on coach Christen’s staff here at Beaver Local.”

Christen, a Beaver Local graduate, served as head coach for the past three seasons with a 27-42 record. The Beavers were 3-19 last season.

According to Beaver Local athletic director Eric Lowe, Christen informed the school before the season ended that he would not be returning for another year.

“He (Christen) recently had another child, and with his work schedule he just decided it was best to step away and spend the time with his family,” Lowe said.

A total of 24 supplemental contracts were approved Monday, which consisted of eight football assistants, four for volleyball, four related to soccer, two with basketball and one each related to cross country, girls golf, high school cheerleading, swimming, wrestling and tennis.

The eight football assistants approved with supplemental contracts include Stephen Mercer, David Allen, Aaron West, Charlie Dolnosich, Richard Shilling, Jeff Weidger, Rich Wright and T.J. Osbon.

Regarding volleyball, Alyson Yajko was approved as a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach, while Ciarra Williams was approved for the freshman team, and Jennifer Wendell and Amanda Weyand both for the middle school team.

Mike Hilliard was approved as coach of the boys’ soccer team, while Elizabeth Connor will head the girls’ squad. Assistants approved were Joseph Zirillo for the boys and Caitlin Connor for the girls. Stephanie Coie was approved to stay as head coach of the girls’ basketball team.

Other contract approvals included Kelly Jones for a three-year contract with the cross country team, Ed Kurylak for girls golf, Kristen Osiniak as head coach for cheerleading, Maria Parfitt as head swimming team coach, Jordan Williams as head wrestling coach and Jamie Thomas as head tennis coach.

Also during the meeting, schedules for the 2016 fall sports season, which includes football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, cross country, boys and girls golf and girls tennis, were approved.

The Beavers will host one varsity football scrimmage with Wellsville on Aug. 12, and will open the regular season at home Aug. 26 against Akron North. Homecoming night for the football team is Sept. 30 as the Beavers host Warrensville Heights; senior night is Oct. 14 against Indian Creek; and the regular season concludes Oct. 28 at Oak Glen.

Boys golf will begin Aug. 10 and conclude regular season play Sept. 20, while the girls will start Aug. 5 and finish Sept. 22 with the OVAC tournament. Boys and girls soccer both kickoff Aug. 19 at East Liverpool (girls play at 6 p.m. while the boys play at 7:30). The boys conclude Oct. 8 at Union Local and the girls finish Oct. 12 at Boardman. Girls tennis’ season runs Aug. 9 through Sept. 29, and the volleyball team opens the season at home Aug. 23 against Harrison Central and finishes Oct. 15 with the OVAC tournament at Steubenville.

Also sports-related, the board approved a motion to remain members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, renewing its membership for the 2016-17 school year.