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Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Schroeder and Lake Orion Part Ways.
By Sammy Taormina
Written Wednesday December 22nd at 10:00 AM
Lake Orion and Coach Joe Schroeder are parting ways.
Schroeder stepped down on Tuesday morning in a move which shocked the boys basketball world.
Jose Andraedas was named the interim coach. He was an assistant at Stoney Creek and Lake Orion along with coaching at Seaholm and Almont.
Schroeder finished with a 21-22 record in his two and a half years coaching the Dragons. He went 11-5 last season which included a share of the Blue. Lake Orion was 2-3 this season prior to the school and Schroeder parting ways. The Dragons fell to 2-4 falling 63-54 at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep on Tuesday night.
“I enjoyed coaching at Lake Orion but it was the right time to step away. I want to thank all of my players, the administrators, and members of the community that supported me in my two plus seasons here” Schroeder said to MIPrepZone’s Scott Burnstein.
Lake Orion football coach and athletic director Chris Bell mentioned to Burnstein that he is wishing for him nothing but the best moving forward. “I appreciate everything Joel did with our boys basketball team. He accomplished a lot and did right by us. There was no major incident that led up to this, there was some stress in the program and it’s just best for everyone involved to move on.”
Lake Orion is off until the New Year when they host Lapeer on Tuesday January 4th.
The Dragons have been through a lot in the last few weeks however their goals are still in front of them. It’s important for them to stay together in this very difficult time.
Andraedas brings a ton of coaching experience which helps. He led the Dragons in their opening night win over Rochester Lutheran Northwest to kick off the season.
It will be up to Andraedas to fix Lake Orion’s issues. This has been a program with a ton of questions coming into the season. Program strength is a big concern and still is right now.
It’s going to be very important especially next season whoever the coach is to build and address program strength.
Stay tuned to OAA Now for the latest on this developing story.
Here is the column from Burnstein.