The Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy girls' basketball coach was relieved of his duties Feb. 25 following his arrest in a prostitution sting last week in Willoughby, according to a school official.
Ryan B. Tyna, 42, of Hudson, had just concluded his second season as head coach of CVCA's girls' basketball squad, said Jason Spodnik, the school's vice president.
"[On Feb. 25], Ryan [Tyna] … was relieved of his duties once the allegations were confirmed," said Spodnik. "And they were confirmed via conversation with Mr. Tyna. We have clear standards and expectations of our coaches and their responsibilities as role models."
Tyna was not a teacher at CVCA, according to Spodnik. He is a social studies and history teacher at Eastlake North High School, and was placed on administrative leave from that position on Feb. 25, said Willoughby-Eastlake Superintendent Steve Thompson.
Thompson said he could not confirm why Tyna was placed on leave, but he did say it was related to an investigation outside of the district.
"I can't express how sorry I am to have let so many down," wrote Tyna in a posting on his Facebook page Feb. 26. "Please pray for my wife and two daughters. There's no way to describe the hurt I have for them right now. I'm just posting to say I'm sorry."
The CVCA girls' basketball team concluded its 2012-13 season with an 8-15 record following a 55-36 loss to Tallmadge in a Division II sectional game in Nordonia Feb. 20. The team had a 16-7 record in 2011-12.
Tyna, along with 11 other men were arrested by Willoughby Police on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 as part of a prostitution sting. Willoughby Police detectives put an advertisement on a website often used by prostitutes and offered adult services for a special rate of $100 for a half hour, Willoughby Police said in a release.
Twelve men responded to the ad and were arrested without incident after they entered a motel room expecting to meet a 20-year-old female, according to the release. Police are not identifying which Willoughby motel was used as future sting operations may occur.
Police identified the other 11 arrested men as: Bryan Hess, 51, Cuyahoga Falls; Timothy D. Asberry, 54, Willoughby Hills; Bert M. Brown, 55, Beachwood; Ramone A. Davis, 26, Cleveland; Gill S. Gurinder, 31, North Royalton; Nagi J. Haddad, 55, Rocky River; Raymond T. Kern, 50, Mentor; Eugene Preston, 38, Beachwood; Johannes Reinhard, 64, Palm Beach; Efren Romero, 41, Painesville; and Richard M. Salajcik, 47, Eastlake.
Each suspect was charged with soliciting and possessing criminal tools, both misdemeanors. Each suspect also posted bond of $404.
The dozen men are set to return to Willoughby Municipal Court on March 7.