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Westlake girls soccer coach Dane Rimko led the Demons to a 25-22-9 record over three seasons.

A search for the next coach of the Westlake varsity girls soccer team has started.

The school announced Nov. 24 that Dane Rimko, a 2011 Westlake High School grad, would be stepping down after three seasons. During that time, the Demons went 25-22-9, including a trip to the Division I district final in 2019.

In a statement posted to the school’s athletic website, Rimko, who took over for longtime coach Scott Jones, cited increasing work responsibilities, as well as a desire to see his younger sister play at the college level as reasons for stepping aside.

“It has been an honor to coach at my alma mater, first as an assistant coach, then as a head coach,” he said. “I would like to thank the administration for giving me the opportunity to give back to a place that gave me so much when I was a student.”

In a season played under the constant threat of shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Demons finished 6-9-3, bowing out in a Division I sectional semifinal at Avon Oct. 22. Rimko’s final win as coach was a 10-0 thumping of Euclid Oct. 20.

“It is clearly disappointing to lose a high-quality coach, but especially a coach who was also a former Demon,” Demons athletic director Tony Cipollone said in a statement. “Through my many conversations with Coach Rimko, the one characteristic that always emerged was his selflessness. All he wanted was for our girls and our team to succeed. It did not matter to him who received the credit as long as the team was successful.”

Cipollone added that his goal was to find the best coach possible as the school moves into the Great Lakes Conference next year.

Elsewhere on the Westshore, Magnificat is looking for a new soccer coach after Tibi Regele resigned in early November.

Regele completed four seasons with the Blue Streaks, leading them to a 37-16-9 record, including three Division I district appearances and one district final in 2018. The team’s final game of the 2020 season was a 2-0 loss to Avon in a district semifinal Oct. 26.

Contact this reporter at sports@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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