Tsilimos resigns as Carrollton head football coach

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Jim Tsilimos coaches the Carrollton Warriors against Alliance.
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After five seasons at the helm, Carrollton Warriors’ head football coach, Jim Tsilimos, has officially resigned, leaving an indelible mark on the program.

Tsilimos wraps up his tenure with 30 wins. His leadership saw the Carrollton Warriors reach the playoffs for an unprecedented four consecutive seasons; a feat never before achieved in the school’s football history. The team secured a winning record for four consecutive seasons, further solidifying Tsilimos’s impact on the program.

It wasn’t always sunshine and roses for Tsilimos at Carrollton. In his first season, the Warriors started 0-8 before capping off the season with two wins against Canton South and Minerva. The Warriors did a 180 and won seven games the following season.

“We just kept our heads down and kept working hard as a staff,” he said. “And we finally got it turned around and changed the culture somewhat.”

Notably, Coach T’s achievements place him as the second-winningest coach in Carrollton Warrior history, following in the footsteps of Barry Goettemoeller, who guided the team in the early 2000s and wrapped his tenure with 44 wins.

Tsilimos, known for his storied coaching career, adds the Carrollton chapter to his impressive legacy. Prior to his time with the Warriors, he claimed a state championship in 1995 with the Lisbon Blue Devils, attesting to his ability to lead teams to the pinnacle of success.

It’s common for some coaches to step away from a program when they feel as if it’s heading in the wrong direction. But that’s not the case for Coach T. Carrollton finished with a regular season winning record of 6-4 with more than 20 juniors who will return in 2024 as seniors. He says over 40 players in the top two grades are set to return to the field next season.

“That’s how I wanted it to be,” Coach T noted. “I just didn’t want to run out and leave it empty.”

But who will be the next head coach of the Warriors? Coach T is hoping someone on the current coaching staff is promoted to the head job.

“I’m hoping a certain person on our staff becomes the head coach here because he deserves it and he’ll do an outstanding job,” Coach T said.

What’s on the agenda for Coach T now that he doesn’t have any practices and games on his schedule? He said he plans to go watch his nephews’ triplets play volleyball, but as for that, nothing is really planned.

Coach T isn’t ruling out a return to coaching down the road, but right now just wants to relax.

For anyone interested in applying for the position, resumes and applications must be submitted by Dec. 5, 2023. Email resumes to Athletic Director Caleb Crowl at [email protected]