Prep basketball: Tiziani resigns from Ishpeming after three seasons as head coach

ISHPEMING – After three years as the Ishpeming High School boys varsity basketball coach, John Tiziani has stepped down.

“I made the decision about 10 days ago, but I had been thinking about it since the end of the season,” Tiziani, 51, said Thursday evening.

“My intense coaching style and passion for basketball are different than what some people would like.”

Tiziani went 16-6 his first two seasons at the IHS helm, then took a year off to deal with health issues before returning in 2012-13.

The Hematites, who got a late start due to all their players being on the MHSAA Division 7 state championship football team and visiting New York for winning an online contest through Sports Illustrated, posted an 8-12 mark to make his career record at IHS 40-24.

IHS lost the services of top scorer Alex Briones to a football foot injury for more than half the season, as well.

“It was a pleasure to coach these kids,” Tiziani said. “It was one of the more fun teams I’ve coached.

“My decision to resign just had to do with me feeling some people just weren’t used to my style (of coaching).”

He said he got “total backing” from Supt. Stephen L. Piereson and IHS athletic director Terry Roberts, and didn’t “get a single complaint” in all his three years at the helm.

“But I felt some outside influence and it was time to step away,” he said. “I’m comfortable with the decision. I feel great about everything I did here.”

Tiziani, who went 121-55 in nine years of coaching at Marquette Senior High School before coming to Ishpeming, said the Hematites should do well next season.

“There will be four starters coming back and the junior varsity team won a (Mid-Peninsula Conference) title last season (with a 9-1 record and 14-3 mark overall).

“The varsity should be one of the better programs to watch (next season),” he said.

Tiziani said he might help coach MSHS junior varsity football in the fall after having a summer to “relax” and spend more time with his wife, Noelle.

“Sometimes, it’s just better to move on,” he said,

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.