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Rach leaves Reserve

BERLIN CENTER — New Western Reserve head coach David Rach started working out with his football players last week.

He met with the team Tuesday morning to let the Blue Devils know he was resigning due to health concerns.

“I wanted to take a little bit off my plate,” Rach said.

Especially when you consider Rach and his wife, Julia, are expecting their second child in July.

He said he let the administration know about his decision Monday night before meeting with the team.

“I feel terrible for the situation they’ve been thrown into twice through no fault of their own,” Rach said. “It caught them off guide.”

Rach was hired to replace Andy Hake, who led the Blue Devils to a 103-23 record with nine state playoff appearances in 12 seasons.

Hake resigned from his teaching and coaching positions in early February after being accused by administrators of vaping THC (the compound found in marijuana which causes a high) in a staff restroom at the middle school on Jan. 9.

Rach, 31, was hired as head coach on March 12 after being an assistant coach at South Range the past seven seasons, serving as defensive coordinator since 2014.

When the position came open at Western Reserve, he felt he was ready for his first head coaching job. But he said recent health issues caused concern about trying to do too much.

“I felt like it was in the best interest to me and the program,” Rach said.

He had been having online meetings with the players since being hired.

“It was one of those things, we were just starting to know one another,” Rach said. “The kids were great. They’ve been real supportive of me.

The Blue Devils are 11 weeks away from opening the 2020 season and are looking for another coach.

“I appreciate the administration gave me a chance and I feel terrible for the kids and the way things worked out,” Rach said. “I wish them the best. I’ll be supporting them.”

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