Fresh off an historic season that featured an epic come-from-behind victory in the first round of the playoffs, Medina football coach Dan Sutherland abruptly resigned during a Monday afternoon meeting with his players.
The 37-year-old Medina native had a 20-32 record over four seasons, but the Bees had a 9-3 mark and averaged a Medina County-record 43.2 points per game this fall. The Bees also finished second in the Greater Cleveland Conference — their best league finish since taking the 1973 Southwestern Conference — and rallied from a 24-0 deficit to defeat Toledo Whitmer in the playoffs. The season ended with a loss to eventual state semifinalist Olentangy Liberty.
Previously the defensive coordinator under Larry Laird and Ray Hradek, Sutherland went 2-8, 3-7, 2-8 and 4-6 during his first four seasons. The Bees increased their offensive output in each year despite using two run-heavy schemes before taking off with a balanced spread no-huddle.
Medina will head into next season with a new head coach and seeking a second straight winning record for the first time since 2002-03. The Bees graduate a deep senior class led by first-team All-Ohioans Jimmy Daw and tackle Dillon Brauser, but they also will return All-Ohio receiver Dylan Fultz, safety J.T. Scoarste, wide receiver/defensive end Will Mercurio and quarterback Gavin Montgomery, among others.
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