By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
ENGLEWOOD — Welcome back, Mike Schyck.
The former Lemon Bay wrestler has returned to the school, this time as head coach, athletic director Ryan LaVallee announced Tuesday.
He takes over for Gary Jonseck, who stepped down after five years on Saturday.
“I have high expectations with everything in my life,” Schyck said. “I’m going to bring that to Lemon Bay. We had one of the best teams in Florida when I was In high school. It was expected that we were going to do well and work hard. Being a state champion was the expectation. It’s no different now. I’m going to put a lot of expectations on them.”
Schyck won back-to-back FHSAA wrestling state championships in 1987 and 1988.
After his time with the Manta Rays, Schyck went on to a decorated career at Ohio State Univeristy, where he was a two-time All American.
This won’t be his first stop in coaching. He’s previously spent time as an assistant coach both at Ohio State and Georgia State.
“Mike brings a wealth of wrestling intelligence to Lemon Bay,” athletic director Ryan LaVallee said in an email to the Sun.
He returned to Englewood in 1998, and has lived there since. His son will be going into high school soon, which was a factor on him accepting the job.
“I had a conversation with Ryan LaVallee one day, and one thing led to another,” Schyck said. “One of my agendas on doing this was wanting to be around my son. I didn’t want to force him to wrestle. I wanted him to be there, but I didn’t want him to feel pressure of having to wrestle because I was there.
“He gave me the green light.”