July 4, 2011


Rembielak named head coach at Akron


Rick Rembielak, former head coach at Wake Forest and Kent State, has been named head coach at Akron.


A native of Cleveland and 1988 graduate of Akron, Rembielak was a three-time Coach of the Year in the Mid-American Conference while at Kent State. The Golden Flashes won four MAC regular-season titles and three tourney crowns under Rembielak. He posted a record of 373-251-1 (.597) in 11 seasons at KSU, including 200-100 (.667) in conference contests.


Rembielak was head coach at WFU for five years. He led the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, their first appearance since 2002.


In 16 seasons as a Division I head coach, Rembielak compiled a record of 515.393-1 (.567).


This past season, Rembielak was a volunteer assistant at Georgia Tech.


Rembielak played shortstop at Miami (Ohio) from 1979-81. The teams earned a MAC championship in 1979. Rembielak was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 1981 MLB Draft. He played five seasons of professional baseball in the Orioles, Cubs and Brewers systems.


A graduate of Central Catholic High School in Cleveland, Rembielak received a bachelor’s degree in business education from Akron in 1988 and a master’s degree in sports administration from Kent State in 1992.


Rembielak is a member of the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame, the Stark County Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame and the Kent State Varsity “K” Hall of Fame.


The Zips were 16-37 in 2011, including 7-20 in MAC action. Akron lost 15 one-run contests, of which 11 were conference contests. The Zips return eight offensive contributors and their three weekend starting pitchers.


Click here for list of 2011 Division I head coaching changes.