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The Suburbanite
  • Bulldogs football earns academic honor

  • The term “student-athlete” doesn’t always fit in high school and college athletics, but the Green football program is proving that it is possible to strike a balance between putting in the work on the practice field or in the weight room and doing the work in the classroom.

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  • The term “student-athlete” doesn’t always fit in high school and college athletics, but the Green football program is proving that it is possible to strike a balance between putting in the work on the practice field or in the weight room and doing the work in the classroom.
    The Bulldogs have been honored by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association as an Academic All-Ohio Football Team for having the fourth-highest nonweighted grade-point average in the state.
    The awards were given based on the GPA average of a team’s top 22 varsity players. For his team to be considered, Green coach Ed Cybak and the school’s guidance staff had to recalculate the GPA of every varsity player, factoring out weighted grades awarded for student-athletes taking advanced classes.
    For the first nine-week period of the current school year, the Bulldogs posted a team GPA of 3.54, placing them fourth out of 700 schools across the state. Eight varsity players posted a 4.0 GPA.
    The award did not separate schools into divisions based on size, so winning meant competing against both large and small schools.
    “I am extremely proud of our young men and how hard they work in the classroom. We want our players to know that their academics are a top priority,” Cybak said.
    The veteran coach represented the program at the OHSFCA’s annual banquet in Columbus on Feb. 8. For their performance, the Bulldogs earned a plaque, a team picture in the banquet program and a check for $100 for a pizza party to celebrate their accomplishment.
    In explaining the factors in his team’s academic success, Cybak pointed to efforts the coaching staff makes both in-season and over the summer to emphasize leadership and the importance of players’ of working toward their potential as students.
    “Green Local Schools are rated ‘Excellent with Distinction,’ and this emphasis starts with our community and our school system, (but) as the football coach, I take this even further,” Cybak explained. “We read a leadership book in the summer, and our players discuss the importance of this book in their commitment groups. And during the winter and spring months, we have a weekly meeting and discuss academics and nutrition.”
    Players are organized in small groups and are asked to be responsible to each other and help each other with staying on track in these areas. Cybak and his assistant coaches also make a point of monitoring players’ grades and being aware of any issues.

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