MEDINA — Surveys went out to Medina girls soccer players and their families. After checking references, a five-person panel did a dozen screen interviews and 18 overall.
Dealing with one of the most important hirings of his tenure, Bees athletic director Todd Hodkey wanted to make sure he got it right.
As a result, longtime assistant Brad Wojnarowsky was pegged as the coach to replace Doug Coreno pending board approval on Feb. 19.
“The thoroughness of the selection process showed us that Brad was undoubtedly the next person to lead the program,” Hodkey said.
That is tough to argue, as Wojnarowsky, 45, was part of every one of Coreno’s 220 games at Medina.
In 11 seasons, the two guided the Bees to the Division I state championship in 2009, a state semifinal in 2015 and three other district titles. Medina also reached the district finals in each of the last seven seasons, won six conference championships and compiled a 165-25-30 record.
“This program is top notch, and we need to keep it going in the right direction,” Hodkey said. “We wanted to make sure no stone went unturned and that we did our due diligence in coming to this decision. Brad has been with our program for 11 years now as the lead assistant with Doug.
“His passion and love for the game sticks out. You can just see he’s genuine. He’s genuine when he talks about the girls, as well as what’s best for the program moving forward. He’s hopefully going to provide us with that consistency and a fluid transition to continue to grow, but also he can enhance it and take us to the next level.”
Wojnarowsky, who graduated from Brunswick, knows what is important. At Brunswick, he was a coach for the travel, freshman or varsity from 1991-2007.
Nothing changed when Wojnarowsky came to Medina, as he continued to be a coach at the youth level while assisting Coreno.
“Doug and I worked so closely together, even with the youth kids coming up and how we wanted them learning and where we wanted them to play club at,” Wojnarowsky said. “While some of them maybe didn’t play with me over the course of the season and do battle against a Strongsville or whatever, I think I’m familiar with the program enough that I don’t think it’ll be a huge change for those involved.”
Wojnarowsky, who works is in graphic communications for RR Donnelley in Streetsboro, didn’t shy away from the brevity of replacing Coreno.
“I can see where you might think that, but I was a big part of that success for the last 11 years” Wojnarowsky said. “It wasn’t like I’m the new guy coming in trying to learn the people, the players and the culture. I look at it as a continuation of what we did. Is there pressure there? Sure, but I think anytime you step into a position where there’s 25 losses in 11 years, there’s going to be pressure and expectations.”
It’s more just taking the wheel and making a few minor adjustments.
“Doug and I had a lot of the same philosophies and ideas,” he said. “The way you look at it now, it’s no different than what Doug and I did after every season where we sat down and looked at our shortcomings and what we could do to improve. That’s how I look at it now.”