Sean Ranc, former offensive coordinator for the Rocky River Pirates, will be the new head coach of the Fairview Warriors, said Fairview High School athletic director Joe Dianetti on Monday. Dave Latkovic, Warriors coach for the past three years, announced his resignation Nov. 6. He held a 10-20 record.
Ranc, 32, was chosen from 24 candidates. His knowledge of the area and conference opponents was part of what pushed him to the top, Dianetti said.
“Our No. 1 priority was a guy who will get kids out and get bodies on the field,” Dianetti said. “We look at the way River does things and they do things the right way. (They have) high school coaches going down and meeting with the middle school kids, getting with the youth coaches and programs. That’s something that we think Sean will bring over to us.”
Ranc was with Rocky River for the last five seasons. In that time, the Pirates went 33-20, making the playoffs twice (2015 and 2018) and beating the Warriors all five years by an average of 27 points.
Ranc said one thing that stood out to him, spurring him to apply for the coaching position, was the fight that the Warriors showed in their games against Rocky River.
“(Fairview’s players) already have a little bit of knowledge of who I am from playing against me,” he said. “(I’m going to) give them the vision of what I have for Fairview football and how we want to turn the program around. Just get them excited to play football. I’m looking forward to getting in and getting these offseason workouts going as soon as possible so we can really build for a successful 2020 season.”
Rocky River Head Josh Coach Wells “has become a very, very close friend of mine,” Ranc said. “I had the opportunity to tell the Rocky River kids to their face, ‘Thank you for everything you’ve done for me over the past five years, but now I hope you guys go 9-1 every year.’ It’ll be fun.”
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