Football: Mike Leavy the new coach at Hillcrest
By Tony Baranek email@example.com July 23, 2013 7:48PM
Updated: August 25, 2013 6:33AM
Mike Leavy is the new football coach at Hillcrest, it was confirmed Tuesday by Lisa Wunar, the school’s athletic director.
How long he remains in that position — it’s complicated.
Leavy, a longtime defensive coordinator at Hillcrest, replaces Earnest Sutton, who was removed July 2 after 14 years as coach and suspended for one year as a dean at the school after being charged with drunken driving and possession of marijuana in an incident in June.
Wunar also said Tuesday that Sutton could return as a football staff member in 2014.
“As an assistant coach, absolutely,” Wunar said. “And if everything goes fine after his year as an assistant he would have the opportunity to re-apply (as head coach).
“Obviously, if Ernie comes back and Mike is not comfortable and prefers to be more of an assistant in the background, we’ll let it play out.”
Leavy and Sutton, each of whom played football under John D’Ambrosio at Bremen, were members of D’Ambrosio’s staff for several seasons.
When Sutton was named the coach at Hillcrest in 1999, Leavy left Bremen to join him as an assistant.
“He definitely has a laid-back approach,” Wunar said of Leavy. “He’s quiet, he’s motivating, he’s thoughtful, he’s methodical. He’s got a nice, quiet passion.
“The guy has been around. He knows the system and the kids just love him.”
Hillcrest was 8-2 and a playoff team in 2009, but in the last three seasons has posted a 1-26 record.