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    Brittany Zele steps down at Kirtland

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    Brittany Zele has resigned from her position at Kirtland after coaching the Hornets for the past three seasons.

    Zele guided the Hornets to a 17-7 record and the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title in 2021-22.

    “I was not expecting this to happen when I took the job but as my personal life changed and grew, the traveling and ability to do what I wanted in the Kirtland community became too difficult with where I have put roots down out in Seven Hills,” Zele said. “The girls are so special and the relationships I’ve built with them I will always cherish. I’ll always be their biggest fan.”

    In her three years at Kirtland, Zele led the Hornets to a 48-16 record overall and a 31-6 mark in conference play. The Hornets won two conference titles and were 5-0 in league play last season but due to COVID, the conference did not name official league champions.

    Kirtland won two sectional titles over the past three seasons.

    Prior to Kirtland, Zele coached at Andrews-Osborne for two seasons. She compiled a 36-8 record overall and her teams finished 17-0 in league play with two conference titles and a district runner-up finish.

    In five seasons as a head coach, Zele is 84-24 overall and 48-6 in league play. She has been named the conference coach of the year four times and she won four conference titles.


    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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