2010 West Geagua football team / Photo courtesy Lou Cirino
The former West G player and assistant coach has the Wolverines using similar offensive and defensive schemes this season to those employed by former West G head coach Dave Bors.
And, at least in week one, Cirino produced similar results. The Wolverines finished the 2009 season with a 9-2 record and opened the 2010 season with a convincing 42-14 road win.
Using a triple-option offense, the Chagrin Valley Conference school rushed for 332 yards and racked up 441 yards of total offense.
"My guys love playing for each other," Cirino said when asked what he has learned about his team this early in the season. "We are going to be able to be a well balanced offensive team."
The Wolverines open their 2010 home schedule Friday night against Bors' new team, Painesville Riverside.
Cirino said his team is excited and prepared for the emotional contest.
"The kids are jacked up for the game," he said. "Their focus is strong because they have goals for the game."
After talking about the 2010 Wolverines, Cirino answered questions about his five-year high school coaching career for WKYC's HighSchoolSports.net.
WKYC's HighSchoolSports.net: Describe your coaching philosophy.
West Geagua head football coach Lou Cirino: Love and discipline.
WKYC: What is your pregame ritual?
Cirino: Listen to some music, relax and envision the game.
WKYC: What makes West Geauga Local Schools unique?
Cirino: We are a tight community that has high expectations academically and athletically. We are the farthest school "west" in Geauga County.
WKYC: What's your most memorable moment involving high school athletics?
Cirino: Beating Chagrin Falls 27-21 in overtime in 2001.
WKYC: What's been your greatest challenge as a high school coach?
Cirino: Answering the question, "How can I best impact/influence the lives of young men and women?"
WKYC: What's your most cherished memento in your office?
Cirino: A picture that was taken by Zach Suba of me during a JV game.
WKYC: What is the biggest challenge that high school student-athletes face today?
Cirino: Alcohol, tobacco and the opposite sex.
WKYC: What's an interesting fact about you that most people don't know?
Cirino: I am the best Super Tecmo Bowl player for regular Nintendo.
WKYC: What are some of your hobbies?
Cirino: Eating healthy and working out.