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Westlake's Campo resigns as head football coach
Westlake's Campo resigns as head football coachOn Monday, Westlake head football coach Mark Campo submitted a letter of resignation to the administration at Westlake High School. His resignation is effective upon conclusion of the 2014 season, according to athletic director Tony Cipollone.

Campo informed the team of his decision Thursday evening.

Campo revitalized a Westlake program that had struggled prior to his arrival. The varsity team had just one winning season since 1989.

Campo compiled a 30-31 record over six seasons and led the Demons to the 2012 Southwestern Conference championship and a berth in the OHSAA playoffs. The Demons hosted Mansfield Madison in that game as the No. 3 seed in the Division II, Region 6 playoffs.

The Demons lost that game, 14-7, in overtime and in less-than-ideal field conditions. It was the first home playoff game for Westlake in over 30 years.

In Campo's time with the Demons, the team broke some very long losing streaks against Amherst Steele and Avon Lake. Current Demons playing college football include Jonathan Brick (John Carroll), Phil Brusk (Ohio Wesleyan), Anthony Zappone (Eastern Michigan), Emmette Rogers (Muskingum) and Kyle Perkins (Notre Dame College).

Prior to his arrival at Westlake, Campo was the head coach at his alma mater, Lorain Admiral King, for five seasons.

"Coach Campo provided a much-needed shot int he arm to a football program that had struggled for many years prior to his arrival," Cipollone said in a press release.

"He revitalized the program and created higher expectations for Westlake football. We thank him for his dedication and commitment to our student athletes and wish him well in his future coaching endeavors.

"It is our mission to educate for excellence, and we believe that extends to our athletic program as well," he added.

Cipollone said the school will start an immediate search for a new head coach. He also said that Campo would retain his position as a guidance counselor at the high school.

(Information for this story was provided by the Westlake High School Athletic Department.)

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