John Blazek has resigned after three seasons as general manager of the Wild indoor football team.
Blazek, 58, said he wanted to spend more time with his family, including his wife, Joan, who recently retired after 30 years in the Maize school district.
“Mr. (Wink) Hartman hired me three years ago to bring a championship to the Wild organization and to Wichita; that goal has been accomplished,” Blazek said in a statement. “It’s time for me to step down and let someone else take the reins.”
Blazek was also general manager for two years of the Wings indoor soccer franchise, which was also owned by Hartman, a Wichita businessman. The Wings apparently will not return for a third season in the Major Indoor Soccer League.
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Blazek played linebacker at Wichita State in the early 1970s, then was a high school teacher, coach and administrator while also officiating major-college basketball.
Hartman has not named a new general manager.
Wichita, KS-After three years with Hartman Sports, John Blazek, current General Manager of the Wichita Wild and also the CPIFL’s Team Executive of the Year, has announced his retirement. His decision to retire comes shortly after the Wild’s CPIFL championship win, which was a first for the franchise.
“Mr. Hartman hired me three years ago to bring a championship to the Wild organization and to Wichita; that goal has been accomplished. It’s time for me to step down and let someone else take the reins. I am excited for my next chapter in life, and that is to spend more time with my grandchildren. I have spent 35 years with other kids and families and it’s time to focus on my family now,” Blazek stated. “The past three years working for Mr. Hartman have been some of the best years in my life. I have worked with some great people in my career and Wink Hartman, Morris Lolar, and Lebaron Hollimon are among those people.”
Blazek’s wife, Joan, also retired from the Maize School district at the close of the school year after 30 years in education. The Blazek’s plan to spend more time with their family and each other. They said they will miss the relationships they have built with the players, fans, and sponsors over the years.