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Ken Ciolek-2016

Lakewood High School

Ken CiolekKen Ciolek is a 1965 graduate of Cathedral Latin High School in Cleveland. He received an Associate Degree from Cuyahoga Community College in 1967 and a Bachelors of Science Degree from Kent State University in 1970. He earned a Masters in Education Degree from Cleveland State University in 1979. He has taught Health and Physical Education in the Lakewood City Schools for 31 years. Ken is currently an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace University where he has been for the last 30 years as a coach and educator.

   Coach Ciolek has coached Baseball and Football for over 40 years at Lakewood High School and Baldwin Wallace University. He spent 31 years coaching baseball at Lakewood High School and served as the head coach for 22 years. During the Ciolek Head Coaching era, the Lakewood Rangers amassed 412 victories against only 157 defeats for an outstanding .724 winning percentage. Coach Ciolek’s teams NEVER had a losing season in his 22 years as Head Coach. The Rangers under Ken’s direction had 11 seasons of 20 or more wins, capturing 8 Lake Erie League Championships and advancing to the Regional tournament play 3 times. During Coach Ciolek’s 22 year Head Coaching tenure, 16 Ranger players were named to the state All-Ohio Honors and he was selected and coached in the State All –Ohio Series on 4 different occasions. Eight former players of Coach Ciolek were named MVP Award winners of the Lake Erie League and one was named Player of the Year for the Northeast Ohio Region. Over 40 former players attended and participated in Collegiate baseball.

   Coach Ciolek has been a proud member of the Greater Cleveland High School Baseball Coaches Association, the Northeast Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association and Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. He served as an officer and Past President of the Greater Cleveland High School Baseball Coaches Association. He was inducted into the Lakewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Northeast Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Hall Of Fame in 2009. Coach Ciolek was named Lake Erie League Coach of the Year on 8 different occasions and All-Sun Post Coach Of the Year 2 times. He was the recipient 3 times of the Freeman Award as the Lakewood City Schools Coach of the Year.

   Ken was a varsity Football coach at Lakewood High School for 15 years being involved in 6 Lake Erie Championships and an assistant varsity football coach at Baldwin Wallace University for 18 years taking part in the Division 3 National Playoffs and Ohio Athletic Conference Championships. Coach Ciolek also served as an assistant varsity baseball coach at Baldwin Wallace University for 9 years. Coach Ciolek is now assisting and observing his grand children participate in athletics.

   Ken has been married to his wife Cathy for 44 years and resides in Parma Ohio. He is proud of his three children, spouses and eight grandchildren. Son Jim (Shauna) Van and Olivia, daughter Kimberly(Matt) Joe and A.J., daughter Amy(Mike) Sam, Miranda, Alex and Erin. Each has supported, helped and contributed to the success of all the teams and seasons of coaching.  


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