Rosati Returns to West G, Where it All Began
December 28, 2021 by Jamie Ward

West Geauga's all-time most winningest football coach is headed back to the sidelines to serve as the Wolverines' next head coach.

West Geauga’s all-time most winningest football coach is headed back to the sidelines to serve as the Wolverines’ next head coach.

Matt Rosati will be recommended to the board at its Jan. 10 board meeting.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the West Geauga Wolverines once again,” he said.

Rosati won 69 games with West Geauga from 1996 to 2006, leading the school to its first playoff appearance and first playoff victory.

He then spent 14 seasons with the Perry Pirates and retired after the 2020 season. But staying off the sidelines proved too much for the 54-year-old.

“Why I thought I could stop cold turkey after 32 years on the sidelines is a mystery to me,” he told another newspaper.

When Adam Sopkovich, West Geauga’s head football coach for four seasons, stepped down two weeks ago, Rosati began to consider the opening.

His record with West G also includes four playoff appearances, two Chagrin Valley Conference championship wins, and an undefeated 10-0 season in 2003.

Rosati even coached his eventual replacement — Lou Cirino, a 2002 West G graduate who led the Wolverines successfully for seven seasons before leaving for Strongsville.

Rosati and Cirino have remained close and talked about the West Geauga job for weeks.

“West Geauga will always be a special place in our hearts,” Cirino said. “Him taking the job is about history, and the young men there, and where he was at understanding the history of the people in the program before him.”

With Perry, Rosati won 111 games and six CVC championships, and reached a state Final Four during seven consecutive playoff seasons, including three undefeated seasons.

Euclid graduate Bob Gecewich is the new head coach at Perry.

Between the two schools, Rosati was named Coach of the Year 12 times.

“Coach Rosati’s football resume speaks for itself,” said West Geauga Athletic Director Brandon Stewart. “Not only is he an outstanding coach, but he is a well respected educator who will strive to provide our student-athletes with a positive experience. His knowledge and passion to bring the history back to West Geauga was very evident during the interview process.”

The Wolverines finished 7-4 last season and qualified for the OHSAA Playoffs for the second season in a row before falling to Streetsboro 56-42 in the opening round.