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Coy to write next chapter on the mats
Jezioro resigns, former assistant becomes program's second head coach

by Kristin Sharp


The Oswego East wrestling program has only known one head coach in its eight varsity seasons, but welcoming the Wolves' second head coach in school history should be a seamless transition.

Oswego East athletic director Dan DeBruycker announced the hiring of Paul Coy after the July 14 Oswego School District Board meeting. The longtime assistant coach replaces Mike Jezioro, who resigned to accept an administrative position at Glenbard East.

"Coach Jezioro had many roles in this building and we're definitely going to miss him as a teacher, a coach - a lot of hats to fill, but we wish him the best," DeBruycker said. "Paul worked with Mike as a volunteer assistant seven years ago and the last five as a varsity assistant. It should be a seamless transition.

"His ability to communicate with the kids is a huge strength. He's able to motivate them and now taking over the program, I'm excited to work with him. I've spent the last few weeks working with him and it's all been positive. I'm looking forward to it."

Coy spent the past seven seasons on Jezioro's staff, helping build the program from the ground up.

Oswego East celebrated its first wrestling state qualifier in 2012, and followed up with another in 2013. The team advanced a pair of wrestlers to the Class 3A sectional during the 2013-14 season, but did not have a state qualifier for the first time in three years.

"Mike's been around for awhile and he set a good base for the program, so it's kind of easy to just follow what he did and add my own flavor to it," said Coy, who does not work in the district.

Coy comes from a family of wrestlers, and he wrestled at his high school in Indiana before attending Purdue where he was a walk-on for the Boilermakers.

"To have that experience was nice," said Coy.

Coy, a Yorkville resident, works within the Yorkville Wrestling Club where several of his children are active, and also coaches in the Illinois Girls Folkstyle wrestling. He hopes stressing the youth program in the area, like Team No Ego, will help build the program's numbers in the upcoming years.

"I try to work with the feeder program Team No Ego, and I'm with Yorkville because my kids wrestle. I'm going to try to push a lot for summer and the offseason," Coy said.

"It's great to see the kids go out of state and wrestle. If we can fill those gaps, it'll be nice and look good for us."

The 2014-15 season opens Nov. 10, with the first meet of the year at DeKalb on Nov. 26.

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