POLAND, OH- Pending School Board approval on Monday, February 22nd, the Poland Athletic Department would like to welcome HOME Tom Pavlansky as the 15th Head Football coach at Poland Seminary High School. Tom takes over a Poland football program previously led by Ryan Williams from 2015-2020. Coach Williams resigned in mid-December. “Coach Pavlansky brings enthusiasm, dedication, and a true passion for the game to our Poland football program,” “As a former Poland Bulldog student-athlete, to have Tom come home and coach on a field named after his father gets me extremely excited for our community, our fans, and most importantly our student-athletes,” said Brian Banfield, Athletic Administrator for the Poland Local Schools.
Tom has served the past 22 years as the head coach for the Lakeview Bulldogs. During his tenure at Lakeview, his teams have won four conference titles and have been to the OHSAA playoffs seven times. Coach Pavlansky has also coached in the North/ South All-Star Game and was also the head coach for Ohio in the 2010 Big 33 Classic played in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Tom served as the 2019-2020 President of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.
Tom graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1987 and The Ohio State University in 1991. He and his wife, Kate, of 27 years currently reside in Cortland with their four children, Annie (21), Stephen (18), Maggie (16), and Tommy (14).
*Courtesy of Brian Banfield