For 19 years the one constant in Canfield was that the girls basketball team would be excellently coached by Pat Pavlansky.
Shockingly, there will not be a 20th season for the coach.
Following a remarkable and exciting run into the district finals of the Division I state tournament, Coach Pavlansky has decided to retire from coaching. Pavlansky, 50, said he felt the time was right to step aside.
''This was totally a family decision,'' Pavlansky wrote in an email. ''I want the opportunity to travel to see my daughters who live out of state. I will be a grandfather this summer so I want to spend time with them.''
The former coach garnered 318 wins at Canfield (354 overall) and won eight conference titles. His squads have appeared in regional as well as state championship contests. This season, however, may have been one of his best. Leading a group that started all underclassmen, the Lady Cardinals upset one loss rival Austintown Fitch in the sectionals then took out equally talented Uniontown Green in the district semis. Despite being beaten badly by top seeded North Canton Hoover to end their March party, the Cardinals were still heavily anticipating next season when all the juniors and sophomores will be more experienced. That makes stepping away from the court even tougher for Pavlansky.
''There's no doubt I will miss all of these girls,'' he said.
Pavlansky also was a successful track and tennis coach at Canfield. He won 10 conference titles in track and sent numerous girls to state championships in tennis. Pavlansky will continue to teach at the school.
''I have a lot of memories here,'' Pavlansky said. ''Canfield definitely made my coaching career special. Canfield has been so supportive over the years. I am humbled to have been the coach for the past 19 years and thank everyone for their support.''