A veteran of girls high school basketball from Arizona is set to become the next girls basketball coach at Westlake High School. The Board of Education must approve his hiring before it becomes official.
Cory Rojeck, who coached in Goodyear, Arizona, for 11 years, will lead the Lady Demons program. In nine of those seasons, his team won 20 or more games, including winning the state 5A state championship for the past two seasons. He was named state Girls Basketball Coach of the Year three times, while winning Section Coach of the Year six times. While there, 26 of his players played in college, including 11 at the NCAA Division I level.
“We had an extensive process and as the process played out,” said Athletic Director Tony Cipollone. “It was clear that out of some very excellent and qualified candidates, Cory was exactly the type of coach we were looking for.
“The expectations for the Lady Demon basketball program are high and we knew we needed to find an experienced coach who would be ready to continue the success we experienced over the last two years and hopefully get us to take the next step.”
Rojeck is not a stranger to Northeast Ohio. After playing three sports at Wickliffe, he went to Cleveland State on a baseball scholarship, becoming a member of the Horizon League All-Tournament Team in 2004. He was also an Athletic Academic Excellence Award winner in 2006 and a member of the basketball team as a walk-on.
He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in integrated social studies and received his master’s in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.
The Lady Demons finished 22-4 this season, losing to Toledo Notre Dame 51-26 in the regional semifinal. Rojeck replaces Karen Swanson Haan, who left to coach at Saint Joseph Academy.