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Coaches Association Newsletter January 2023

Feb 7, 2023 2:48:46 PM

OHSBCA Announce Hall of Fame Inductees 2022
The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA) is proud to announce the coaches and date for the Hall of Fame Class for 2023. This year, the association is inducting four coaches into the Hall of Fame. The four high school coaches being inducted are Marty Hill of Windham, Bob Krizancic of Mentor, Joe Staley of Chaminade-Julienne, and Ed Zink of Beavercreek.

The Induction Ceremony for the Thirty-Fifth Class will be at the Columbus Marriott University Area at 3100 Olentangy River Road in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 5:30 PM. 

Tickets may be obtained by Calling Hall of Fame Director Paul Wayne at 419-261-2547 or by email at wayno14@embarqmail.com.

Download PDF VersionMarty Hill, Windam High SchoolMarty Hill Web
Marty Hill grew up in Garrettsville, Ohio with his parents, Robert and June Hill, brother, David and sisters, Deborah and Melanie. He attended James A. Garfield Schools and developed a love for sports and competition, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. He is a member of Garfield’s Hall of Fame.

Upon graduation in 1970, Marty pursued his college education at nearby Hiram College. While at Hiram, he was a member of the basketball team which won several PAC Championships under the guidance of head coach, Bill Hollinger. Graduating with a B.A. in 1974, he began his teaching and coaching career at Windham High School.

Windham had a great tradition in high school sports and Marty was excited when he was hired as the head boys’ basketball coach at the age of 23. Forty-seven years later, all at Windham, he retired in 2022. Marty ended with an overall record of 694-387.

With the support of hundreds of players and great assistant coaches, Hill’s teams had the following accomplishments: 11 seasons with 20 or more wins, 13 League Championships, 27 Sectional Championships, 15 District Championships, three Regional Championships, and three appearances in the State Final Four.

Along the way, Marty received many individual Coach of the Year awards, including Ohio Division 4 Coach of the Year, OHSAA Bob Arnzen Longevity Award, OHSAA Coaches Sportsmanship Ethics and Integrity Award, The Akron Touchdown Club Clem Caraboolad Award and The National Federation of High Schools Section 2 Coach of the Year, and is also a member of Windham’s Hall of Fame.

Marty and his wife, Jane, are both retired teachers from Windham Schools and reside in Garrettsville. They are the parents of three sons: Jeremy, Matthew, and Michael. They are also the proud grandparents of two boys and six girls.

Bob Krizancic, Mentor High SchoolBob Kirzancic Web
Bob Krizancic was born in Sharon, Pa, the son of Fran and Mickey. He has two younger sisters: Michele, a Flight Attendant for American Airlines and the Director of Business Development for Rebel Athletics and Susan, Regional Business Director, Mirati Therapeutics. Both sisters, their families, and Bob’s dad reside in Hamburg, NY., Bob moved to Kansas City at age two. Before settling in Girard, Ohio, he and his family spent time in Pennsylvania and a few places in Ohio. A 1971 graduate of Girard High School, Bob played basketball and started every game his sophomore, junior and senior year. He was 2nd team all-state and accepted a full ride to Youngstown State University. The legendary Dom Rosselli was his coach at YSU for his entire career.

After graduating from YSU, Bob spent the next three years as a freshman basketball coach at Ursuline High School, Junior Varsity Coach at West Middlesex High School in Pennsylvania, and assistant varsity coach at Hubbard High School. With just 3 years of experience, he was named head coach at Girard High School in 1980. Prior to th 1980 season, Girard had 27 losing seasons out of 30 and had not got past the sectionals in tournament play.

Bob signed a two-year contract, and it was a good thing he did because the Indians went 1-20 in his first year. Instituting his vision and culture was the key to the next 12 years at Girand. His pressing and running style became the trademark at both Girard and Mentor. The Indians became a power in Division 2 with 4 regional appearances and the Division II State Title in 1993. The Indians were not one of the four seeds in the sectional/district draw that year and were underdogs in their last seven tournament games that year. Girard beat Columbus Whitehall and NBA player Samaki Walker for the state title. They were nicknamed ‘the cardiac kids.’ The town of Girard likened their team to the movie Hoosiers.

Prior to the 1993 title, Bob spent two summers as the assistant head coach for the Youngstown Pride of the World Basketball League. The league had five franchises in the US from coast to coast and five in Canada. The league ran from May through September.

One month after the State Championship, Coach Krizancic accepted the head coaching position at Mentor High School. Having only won 22 games in the previous four years, Mentor immediately had winning seasons and became a Division 1 power. The Cardinals have won 16 District titles in the Krizanic Era, three regional titles, and the state title in 2013. He is one of a handful of coaches who have won state titles at different high schools. His 2021 team went undefeated in the regular season and ended up number one in the AP Poll. They lost in the state semi to eventual state champ Centerville.

Two of the low points in Coach K’s career were: the loss to Cincinnati Moeller in overtime in the state semifinal in 2010 with his oldest son on the court and the the season ending in 2020 after a regional semi win and not being able to play the regional final to go to state because of covid.

To date, Coach K has 20 league titles, 20 district titles, four regional titles, and two state titles (one in D1 and one in D2). In 2013, his team ended #1 in MaxPreps in Ohio, #25 in the country in USA Today, and #21 in the country in MaxPreps. He has produced nine First team All-Ohio, including his son Cole. (Conner was 1st team All-Ohio as a football quarterback).

He was named Associated Press Division 1 State of Ohio Coach of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2019, and 2021. He was the OHSBCA Coach of the Year in 2021 and also the NFHS Coach of the Year in 2021.  He is in the following Hall of Fames: Girard High School (one of 15 original inductees), Curbstone Coaches, Trumbull County Coaches, and Lake County Captains Crow's Nest.

In May of 2022 his book “Mental Toughness: The Game Changer” was released by Newman Springs and was the #1 new release on Amazon and shot to #4 on the Best Sellers List on Amazon in the Sports Genre category. In May of 2022 he had a speaking part in the movie “Shooting Stars” about LeBron James which will be released in 2023. Coach K also has his certification in Life Coaching from the World Coaching Institute.

Bob’s two sons, Cole and Conner, are his pride and joy. Cole was first team All-Ohio in basketball and played four years at Ashland University. He got his master's at Tulane University. He is currently playing for the Burning River Buckets of the American Basketball Association. Cole is the leading scorer in the history of Mentor High with 1,765 points.

His youngest son, Conner, was on the All-state tournament team in the 2013 State Basketball Title season. He was also First team All-Ohio in D1 football and Player of the Year as quarterback.  He still holds some passing records in the state title loss vs Cincinnati Moeller. He received a full ride to the University of Minnesota and transferred to play at Ohio University. He currently owns his own business, Good Wolf Marketing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  

Joe Staley, Chaminade-Julienne High SchoolJoe Staley Web
Joe Staley, son of James and Dolores Staley, graduated from Chaminade HS in 1972 and Wright State University in 1977. At Chaminade he played basketball for legendary, and two-time State Champion, coach Jim Turvene. It was under Turvene that Staley learned first hand that to “be the best, you played the best”. Throughout his career Staley’s teams were renown for the challenging schedule they regularly played. The Eagles had no taste for scheduling wins.

Staley began his coaching career while in college as an assistant at Wilmington High School for four seasons for his brother Jim, also a member of the OHSBCA Hall of Fame. He later coached at West Carrollton High School for three seasons, this time as Jim Turvene’s assistant.  His final stop as an assistant was for three seasons at Alter High School under Joe Petrocelli, another Hall of Fame coach and the second winningest coach in Ohio high school history.  Obviously, his time as an assistant coach for these coaches would prove to be great training for his own coaching career.

In addition to playing a great schedule, Staley’s coaching philosophy was based on playing as hard as you possibly could each day in both practices and games.  His players took great pride in that challenge, especially defensively. On offense his goal was to try and get into the paint every time down the floor. Open threes were to be shot off penetration. He also believed in spreading the floor four corner style to control tempo or protect leads late in the game. His teams produced 13 Division One scholarship players, six players who played professionally in a foreign country, and one NBA player. Coach Staley is extremely proud of the players he coached, and in retirement, misses most, the everyday relationships he had with them.  

Staley served as the head men’s basketball coach at Chaminade Julienne High School from 1986 through 2019. During his 34-year stint at CJ he would win 452 games, nine District Championships and four Regional Championships, one each in four consecutive decades.  His 1991 team finished as State Runner Up.

His teams won 12 championships during the 28 years they competed in the Greater Catholic League, one of the state’s strongest D2 leagues. Among his many coaching honors, Staley was voted UPI D2 Ohio Coach of the Year in 1992, and D2 OHSBCA State Coach of the Year in 2019. In addition, he was D2 API Coach of the Year in Southwest Ohio four times, D2 District 15 Coach of the Year eight times, and Greater Catholic League Coach of the Year nine times. Other honors include the Bob Arnzen Award, being named the 1994 North-South game coach, and the 2008 Agonis Club Mike Kelly/Don Donoher Award for the outstanding coach in the Dayton area.

For Staley, coaching at Chaminade Julienne was definitely a family affair. Throughout his career his wife Micky and their children were a tremendous support. His three daughters, Sarah, Megan, and Emily, along with his sister Debby, were among the most passionate fans the Eagles have ever had. His sons, Joe and John, also great fans, were outstanding Eagle players. Staley considers coaching his two sons the highlight of his career. Micky, a perfect coach’s wife, was so important that without her emotional support there would be no Hall of Fame recognition.

Finally, recognizing that no coach has ever achieved any real success of any type alone, Coach Staley would like to recognize the outstanding assistants with which he coached, especially, Tony Ricciuto, Bob Heidkamp, Bill Reichert, Charlie Szabo, Richard Kidd, Mike Piatt, and Joe Staley Jr.

Ed Zink, Beavercreek High SchoolEd Zink Web
Ed was born and raised in Beavercreek and spent all twelve years of elementary and secondary schooling in the Beavercreek system.  While in high school he participated in football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated from Beavercreek in 1970 and was inducted into Beavercreek’s first ‘Hall of Fame’ Class in 2000.

Coach Zink attended the University of Dayton on a football scholarship where he obtained his B.S. Degree in 1974.  His senior year he was named MVP and “Flyer of the Year” of the football team.

Ed taught business education and physical education in the Beavercreek City School District for 29 years and was the Athletic Director at Beavercreek High School for 7 years before retiring in 2011. Ed had 46 years of coaching experience. His coaching has included football (assistant coach from 1975-1985), softball (head coach from 1975-1992) and girls’ basketball (head coach from 1975-2021). He also guided the Beavercreek Softball Team to the State in 1983 losing in the State Semis.

Ed had a career record of 810 wins and 277 losses in girls’ basketball and was blessed to have many fine assistant coaches, mentors, and players over those 46 years.  Without those assistant coaches and players, he would not have been nearly as successful. Therefore, to all of you a great Big Thank you!

However, his career didn’t start off very well as his first three teams went 7-6, 3-11, and 1-19. That’s 11-36 after three years which now a days would probably get you fired!  However, the Administration supported him thru those lean years, and he eventually got things turned around. His teams had won 110 consecutive league games. He was named AP Coach of the Year in 1987-88, and UPI Coach of the Year in 1988-89 and Ohio High School Coaches’ Association’s ‘Coach of the Year’ in 1989, 94, and again in 2001. He has been selected District 15 Coach of the Year 8 times and W.O.L./GWOC Coach of the Year 9 times. He was selected to coach the North/South Game in 1991.

He was inducted into the Ohio Girls Basketball Magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in May of 2012 along with his three State Championship Teams. His teams have won 23 League, 22 Sectional, and 17 District Championships, along with six Regional Championships and three State Championships in 1994-95, 2000-2001, guiding the team to a perfect 28-0 record both seasons, and again in 2002-2003 finishing at 27-1. He received the Paul Walker Award in 2020.

Ed has been married for 45 years to his lovely wife Nanci and have four kids and seven grandkids. He would also like to thank Nanci for all her support over the years.

North-South All-Star Game
The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association has changed the format of the North-South All-Star Game. There will be only one girl's game and one boy's game. The number of players on each team has be increased from 10 to 12 players. The games will be played on Friday, April 28, 2023, at Olentangy Liberty High School. Girl's game will tip-off at 6:30 pm followed by the boy's game at 8:15 pm. All the OHSBCA awards presentation will take place during the games.

Midwest Live Scholastic Event
Once again, the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association will be hosting a Midwest Live Scholastic Event. This year we are adding a Girls team event. These events will be held during the NCAA Division I Recruiting Period in June. The Girls event will be held on June 16 & 17 and the Boys event will be played on June 23 -25. The top Girls and Boys players and  teams  will assemble at Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky, Ohio to participate in this summer tournament. More information will be coming.

Pat Carroll

Written by Pat Carroll