MENTOR, Ohio — Mentor High School decided to look close to home to find their replacement for Steve Trivisonno as head football coach.
On Thursday, Mentor announced that it will promote assistant coach Matt Gray to head coach, pending approval by the Mentor Board of Education.
“Coach Gray's passion and energy for football and his focus on developing our student athletes as people make him the ideal fit for our program, school and community,” said Mentor High School Principal Jason Crowe in a statement. “Having the opportunity to interview a variety of experienced candidates, we are confident we found the best coach and person to lead our football program in Matt Gray.”
Since 2012, Gray has served as an assistant coach on Trivisonno's staff as well as an intervention specialist with Mentor Public Schools. Prior to coming to Mentor, Gray served in similar roles at Willoughby South High School. He earned his teaching degree in special education from the University of Dayton, where he also played football. Gray received his Master's degree in educational administration at Ashland University.
In a release, Gray is described by Mentor Public Schools as an "enthusiastic educator and has demonstrated great professionalism with students, staff and parents/guardians, both in the classroom and on the field." Mentor believes that Gray's "knowledge of the successfully-run program and our school community will be invaluable as he begins in this new role."
Gray will have a tall order filling the shoes of Steve Trivisonno, who retired at the end of the 2019 season after a brilliant 23-year career as the head coach of the Cardinals. Under Trivisonno's leadership, Mentor compiled a 209-70 record, including 19 trips to the postseason, five regional titles, and five appearances in the Division I State Championship game.
In Trivisonno's farewell season, he guided Mentor to a 13-1 record, a Greater Cleveland Conference championship, and a berth in the Division 1 State Semifinals. Trivisonno was named the Ohio Division 1 Co-Coach of the Year, the Cleveland Browns High School Coach of the Year, the Lake County Touchdown Club Coach of the Year, the Greater Cleveland Conference Coach of the Year, and the Northeast Lakes District Coach of the Year.