Press Releases

Scott Hivnor Named Head Coach for Lake Catholic Wrestling

Mentor, Ohio -- July 3, 2018.  Sam Colacarro, Lake Catholic High School Athletic Director, announced today that long-time assistant coach Scott Hivnor has been promoted to head coach of the Cougar wrestling team.  “Scott has been a huge influence on every aspect of the program for more than 20 years” commented Colacarro.

He joined the high school staff in 1996 as an assistant under Tim Armelli, and has worked under head coaches Mike Matteo, Jack Mulhall, Jim Ayers and most recently Eric Lakia. “His passion for Cougar wrestling is known throughout our community” added Colacarro, “He has been a significant influence in our youth and junior high programs.  The future is bright for the entire program as Scott now takes the reigns as head coach.”

Hivnor replaces Eric Lakia Lake Catholic’s former Head Wrestling Coach. “We thank Eric for his commitment to the school and the team for the past four years” said Colacarro, “We wish him all the best in the future.”

In a related announcement, Ty Mitch of Ohio City, has been named the associate head wrestling coach.  Mitch, a three-time state champion while at Aurora High School, comes to Lake Catholic from Brecksville High School where he was an assistant coach under state champ and Lake Catholic Alumnus Todd Haverdill.

Mitch’s ability to communicate his wrestling knowledge and technique to wrestlers with vibrant tenacity and enthusiasm has helped him guide many wrestlers, including three state champions.

“Ty is a true leader who will connect with our team as the associate head coach” added Colacarro. “He will be a great addition to the program.”

Mitch bolsters an already strong coaching staff of Mike Matteo, Sean Fee, David Coates, Ian Ross, Matt Fee, Chris McCrone, and Dylan Zivcic.   

Scott Hivnor

  • 1991 Graduate of John Carroll University
  • Wrestled at JCU under Kerry Volkmann
  • 81 High School State Qualifiers
  • 59 High School State Placers
  • 9 High School State Champions

Ty Mitch

  • 3x High School State Champion Aurora High School
  • Fargo Junior National Freestyle Champion
  • Multiple High School State Qualifiers and Placers
  • 3 High School State Champions

About Lake Catholic
Lake Catholic High School, located in Mentor, Ohio, is an educational community centered in the mission of Jesus Christ where the young men and women of diverse interests and abilities are encouraged to learn, to work, and to think for themselves. For more information, visit www.LakeCatholic.org. 

Media Contact:
Dana Kennedy
Director of Marketing and Communications
DKennedy@lakecatholic.org
440-578-1020 ext. 232

Barb DiTurno Appointed as Director of Advancement at Lake Catholic High School

Mentor, Ohio -- June 21, 2018. The appointment of Barbara DiTurno as Director of Advancement has been announced by Mark Crowley, President of Lake Catholic High School.

DiTurno is returning to Lake Catholic High School where she worked as the Director of Development from 1996-2006.  She has spent her entire 30+ year career in advancement with half of that time being spent in Catholic high schools.  Her experience includes six years at Beaumont School where she was a major force in their multimillion capital campaign.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University.

DiTurno is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; Parishioner of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Euclid where she is also a Eucharistic Minister, co-chair of the Parish Picnic and a member of the Finance Council.  She lives in Euclid with her husband Vince, daughter Maria and rescue dog Archie. 

“We are delighted to have Barb return,” said Crowley. “She has the right personality and skillset to work with the community and corporate leaders to advance Lake Catholic into our 50th anniversary and beyond.”

DiTurno said: “I am proud to return to Lake Catholic High School and truly believe in the school’s moto ‘Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar.’  I look forward to reconnecting with LC alumni, parents and friends to raise funds to provide for scholarships/tuition assistance, capital improvements and program enhancements.  As the only Catholic high school in Lake County, Lake Catholic is a gem that everyone should know about, support and experience for themselves!” 

About Lake Catholic
Lake Catholic High School, located in Mentor, Ohio, is an educational community centered in the mission of Jesus Christ where the young men and women of diverse interests and abilities are encouraged to learn, to work, and to think for themselves. For more information, visit www.LakeCatholic.org

Media Contact:
Dana Kennedy
Director of Marketing and Communications
DKennedy@lakecatholic.org
440-578-1020 ext. 232

Marty Gibbons Appointed as Director of Admissions at Lake Catholic High School

Mentor, Ohio -- June 21, 2018. The appointment of Marty Gibbons as Director of Admissions has been announced by Mark Crowley, President of Lake Catholic High School. 

Gibbons is a 2011 graduate of Lake Catholic High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from John Carroll University.  His career experience at both Notre Dame College and Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School complements his Catholic faith.

Gibbons lives in Willowick and enjoys spending time with his 29 nieces and nephews. He is an avid Browns, Indians & Cavs fan. “I believe that an Education at Lake Catholic provides opportunity through an atmosphere that challenges you academically, spiritually and socially,” said Gibbons.  “Lake Catholic prepares you for the rest of your life and for all of the steps that your own personal journey will take you on. The relationships and family environment truly extend beyond your four years at Lake Catholic. Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar!”

Gibbons will plan, implement, and direct an admissions strategy while showcasing Lake Catholic High School to prospective students in the community.  “Marty is extremely passionate about his alma mater, full of energy, and ideas,” said Crowley.  “I know Marty is the right person to bring recruitment and admissions to the next level at Lake Catholic and we are looking forward to an exciting new era.”

About Lake Catholic
Lake Catholic High School, located in Mentor, Ohio, is an educational community centered in the mission of Jesus Christ where the young men and women of diverse interests and abilities are encouraged to learn, to work, and to think for themselves. For more information, visit www.LakeCatholic.org. 

Media Contact:
Dana Kennedy
Director of Marketing and Communications
DKennedy@lakecatholic.org
440-578-1020 ext. 232