Grisdale Retires as Poland Seminary Boys Basketball Coach

POLAND, Ohio — Poland Seminary High School head boys basketball coach Ken Grisdale announced his retirement earlier this month after 28 years as the Bulldogs’ mentor.

Grisdale leaves with a 506-156 record with 21 sectional titles, 10 district crowns, 15 league championships and three regional titles.

He has the most wins in school history and is the 49th coach to win 500 games in the state of Ohio.

“I will forever cherish the memories created and relationships developed through my amazing 28 years as Poland head boys basketball coach,” Grisdale said. “I was truly blessed to have so many quality young men to coach, talented assistants to share the sidelines with, and supportive administrators to guide me.”

Brian Banfield, athletic administrator for Poland Local Schools, was a freshman at Seminary High when he first got to know Grisdale. He called Grisdale a genuine and passionate coach.

“I would want Ken to know that he has been a tremendous role model for his players and all student-athletes at Poland Seminary High School,” Banfield said. “Our best wishes and gratitude are extended to coach Grisdale and his family for their many sacrifices on behalf of the Poland boys basketball program.”

The district will start the process of filling the position in the coming weeks.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.