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Coaches Association Newsletter January 2024

Jan 18, 2024 6:14:54 PM

OHSBCA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees 2024
The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA) is proud to announce the coaches and date for the Hall of Fame Class for 2024. This year, the association is inducting four coaches into the Hall of Fame. The five high school coaches being inducted are Gregg Collins of Lexington / Mansfield Senior, Pam Davis of Archbishop Hoban, Doug Hale of Oak Hill, Carl Kremer of Archbishop Moeller and Dennis Schrock of Chippewa.

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 27, 2024 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.  
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Gregg Collins
Gregg Colllins 2023 CPGregg attended Granville local schools and Kiski Prep school. During high school he played various sports, but basketball was always his first love. Don Cristian his coach at Granville was a major influence in him wanting to become a basketball coach. Gregg received his BA from Otterbein University where he lettered 3 years on the tennis team. He received his Master's in Education from Ashland University.

In 1980 Gregg started his coaching career as a junior high basketball coach at Olentangy local schools. After three years of Junior High coaching, he became the varsity assistant at Groveport Madison High School for John Feasel Sr., who guided the school to its only District Championship. Gregg became the head coach at Lexington in 1985. In seven years at Lexington his record was 129 wins and 42 losses. His teams won three District championships, two regional championships and two State Championships (1989,1991). While at Lexington Gregg was able to coach many outstanding basketball players including Jamie Feick who played in the NBA.

After four years away from coaching Gregg was offered the head coaching job at Mansfield Senior High School. The next twelve years Gregg’s record at Mansfield was 235 wins 49 losses. The 1999 and
2005 teams advanced to the State Final Four. Both teams lost to eventual State Champions, first to Cincinnati Moeller and second to Canton Mckinley. His Mansfield teams had many players play Division 1 basketball and professionally overseas including Rick Minard who was drafted into the NBA.

Overall Gregg has a record of 367 wins and 99 losses with a winning  percentage of 79%. His  teams  have achieved the following accomplishments - nine twenty win seasons, 14 Conference championships, 17 Sectional Championships, nine District Championships, four Final Four appearances, and two State Championships.

Gregg coached Team Ohio for 5 years competing in the Memorial Sergio Rizzi Italy Tournament. The roster included LeBron James, Chris Quinn and many other future professional players. Coach Collins was the recipient of the OHSBCA Coach of the year in 2002. He received numerous conference and District 6 COY awards. After retiring from High School basketball Gregg joined John Ellenwood’s staff at Ashland University.

Gregg and his wife Linda of 43 years have two sons (Joshua & Justin), one daughter (Jamie), one daughter-in -law (Haley) and two grandchildren (Josie & Finn).

Pam Davis 
Pam Davis 2023 CPPamela Davis was a 1984 graduate of Austintown Fitch High school where she competed in Basketball and Track and Field. As a Falcon, she was a 3-year letterwinner in basketball and a 4-year letter winner in track. Pam scored over 1,000 points in her career, was Steel Valley Player of the Year twice, NEO POY twice and was a 1st team All Ohio selection in AAA. She also ran in the 100m, 200m, 4 x100 relay and 4x200 relay in the Track and Field State Championships. She was inducted in the inaugural Austintown Fitch Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pam went on to play basketball at The University of
Akron from 1984-1988 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology in 1989. During that time, she was a Team Captain and Team MVP for 2 years, was an All Ohio Valley Conference selection and earned the Caroline Pardee Female Athlete of the Year for the Zips. She also gained All American Honors as a Senior. Today, you will see her name in many of the record books and her banner is hanging in the rafters at the JAR Arena. She was inducted into the University of Akron HOF in 1999.

Pam earned a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders in 1991 and became a Speech Language Pathologist in acute and long term care. One of Pam’s early coaching influences was her grandfather, Ralph Robinette. Her coaching career began in 1989 as a 7th grade girls coach at Erwine Middle School. She coached middle school students for four seasons leading them to a 52-4 record. After that time for the next 31 seasons, she went on to coach at four different high schools including Coventry, Barberton, Canton McKinley and Archbishop Hoban. Her record is an impressive 613-121 for a 83.5% winning percentage. She has won multiple Sectional and District titles along with 5 Regional Titles and a State Title in 2010.

She has been honored to coach the Ohio North-South All-Star Game and the Summit Stark All-Star Game and was chosen as Coach of the Year in the PAC 7, Western Reserve, Federal League and North Coast Conferences over the years as well as District 4 Coach of the Year on multiple occasions. Pam also coached Track and Field for 15 years at both Barberton and Canton McKinley.

Pam has had over 25 players awarded Division I scholarships, and 50 players went on to excel in college ball. She has coached 5 Miss Basketballs in Ameryst Alston and Kierstan Bell. She has had 4 players go on to play professionally overseas and 1 player currently in the WNBA. Coach Davis’ main emphasis in coaching is to create teams that shoot and pass well, rebound and run the fast break, dominate on defense, and play unselfishly as a team. She believes that intense practice coupled with mental preparation enables her players to enjoy the competition and perform at their best.

The absolute best part of her basketball journey is that she has been able to share all these experiences with her husband of 27 years, Willie Davis Jr. Without him coaching with her on the sideline, the memories wouldn’t be the same. She hopes to continue to make basketball memories for a few more years.

Pam is currently a Speech Language Pathologist in the Canton City School District. The Davis’ reside in Akron, Ohio.

Doug Hale 
Doug Hale 2023 CPDoug Hale, son of David and Wanda Hale graduated Oak Hill High School in 1978 and Ohio University in 1982, and received his Masters in school administration from Dayton University in 1990. While growing up, he gained a passion for sports and competition from playing ball with his father, brothers Greg, Jeff, Mike and sister Carla. At Oak Hill he participated and lettered 4 times each in football, basketball, baseball and track. His passion for sports, competition, sportsmanship, hard work and teamwork were embedded. Doug was selected 1st team All Ohio in football, basketball and baseball his senior year. Hale played basketball his senior year for legendary and state champion Norm Persin. Doug earned a football scholarship to Ohio University where he earned 3 varsity letters. During his senior year at Ohio University, Hale was voted defensive team captain and defensive most valuable player by his teammates. He was also selected to first team All MAC as a senior.

Hale began his varsity boys basketball coaching career at the age of 22 at his alma mater Oak Hill. He spent 11 years as the head boys basketball coach with his teams winning two conference championships. One of these being Oak Hill’s inaugural season in the Southern Ohio Conference. Hale taught middle school science and enjoyed teaching as much as did coaching and competing.  Hale’s best coaches were also outstanding people, coaches and teachers and instilled the value in him of doing the best job possible for each student in the classroom and on the court. He would like to pay tribute to those who provided such guidance to him. They include the following: Buck Donley, John Morgan, Jim Reynolds, Tom Kalinoski, Bob Kappas (Ohio U.), John Tipton, Norm Persin and John Eaton. Hale looked at coaching as good teaching after the school day. He instilled the importance of attendance, good behavior on and off the court and good work in the classroom to his players. Each day his players and team learned the value of teamwork and having Pride in your team, school and community.

Having three young children at home, Doug accepted his first administrative position at Bloom Vernon Schools as assistant high school principal, athletic director, and transportation director. While at Bloom Vernon, Hale had the honor of working alongside his mentor, friend and former basketball coach John Eaton.

Upon returning to Oak Hill as an elementary principal, Coach Hale took the leadership role of the Lady Oaks basketball program. Once again he instilled the valuable attributes of working hard, sportsmanship, being a great teammate, and pride in your school and community each and everyday. The Lady Oaks motto was,”It’s important how we play but more important how we treat each other.”

Winning the regional championship for the first time in 2004 and seeing and hearing the reaction of long time local sports broadcaster Harold “Buzz” Fisher, along with the community reaction that followed in the days that followed provided Coach Hale with much PRIDE. One fact that hit home with Doug was recognizing the hard work, dedication and effort that had come from his former players and assistant coaches that impacted this team’s ability to advance to Oak Hill’s first ever trip to a state championship appearance in school history. One regret Hale had during this particular tournament run was not informing the PA announcer at the regional final victory that his daughter, Whitney, had surpassed the 1000 point career scoring plateau. Hale would have two other teams reach the State Championship game in 2009 and 2011. In each of the three state championship appearances the Lady Oaks returned to Oak Hill and Jackson county with the state runner up trophy.

For Hale, coaching at Oak Hill was a family moment. Throughout his career he coached 2 younger brothers, (Jeff and Mike). His wife Linda served as his longtime Lady Oaks assistant coach and became a player and team favorite with the special things she provided and did for them. Doug coached his 2 daughters, Whitney (2004 State Runner Up), Taylor (2009 and 2011 State Runner Up) and his son JD (2009 State Champion). They enjoyed being in the gym together competing and improving their team skills.

Recognizing the success of a coach is not achieved without surrounding oneself with great people, Doug would like to say “THANK YOU” to the following assistant coaches who he worked alongside during his career. They are: Steve Kalinoski, Scott Bartlomew, Don Stapleton, Tabitha Davis, Melody Figgins, Renea Butts, Andrea McNeal, Miquel Strite, Jimmy Slone, Phillip Malone, Jeff Hale, Whitney Crabtree, Chuck Miller and especially his wife Linda.

Doug would like to show gratitude to the community of Oak Hill, former players, board of education members, school administration for their outstanding support they had for him during his career at Oak Hill.

Carl Kramer 
Carl_Kremer 2023 CPCarl Kremer graduated in 1978 from Miami East High School in Troy, Ohio, where he played basketball and football. He received his bachelor’s degree in history in 1982 and his master’s degree in counseling in 1984 from Eastern Kentucky University. His administrative coursework was completed at the University of Cincinnati. 

Carl has been a member of the Moeller staff since 1984. During his first six years, he taught a variety of subjects, including history, government, and English. He served as the assistant principal/dean of students from 1990-2017. Carl currently serves as principal of Moeller High School, a position he has held since 2017. 

Carl has been coaching basketball for the Crusaders for 40 years, 34 as the head coach. In those 34 years, Coach Kremer has compiled a 657-177 record. His teams have won the Greater Catholic League championship 23 out of the past 31 years. He has led his Crusaders to eight city championships 17 district championships, eight regional championships, one state final four in 2005; two state runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2017; five division 1 state championships (1999, 2003, 2007, 2018, and 2019); and five Associated Press poll state championships (2008, 2014, 2017, 2019, and 2020). He also led the Crusaders to an undefeated regular season in 2017 (22-0) and an undefeated state championship season in 2019 (29-0). 

Coach Kremer has received individual recognition at the local and state level. He has been named the GCL Coach of the Year 15 times and the Cincinnati Coach of the Year seven times. Carl was named the Southwest District Coach of the Year in 2019; the Ohio Coach of the Year in 1994, 2017 and 2018; the NFHS Mideast Region Coach of the Year for the 2017-2018 season; and the USA Today State Coach of the Year in 2019. Carl was selected to coach in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game in 2010. He has also coached the Ohio/Kentucky All-Star game in 2001 and 2003, as well as the Ohio North-South All-Star game in 2000. Other honors include induction into the Moeller Hall of Fame (2005), the Miami East High School Hall of Fame (2018), and the Hamilton County Basketball Hall of Fame (2019). Carl served as the president of District 16 in the early 1990s and was a member of the OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee.

Carl and his wife, Johanna, reside in Maineville, Ohio. Their son, Joe (Moeller ’12 and UD ‘17), and daughter, Jackie (MND ’12 and UD ‘16), both live in Cincinnati. 

Coach Kremer is humbled to be included in the OHSBCA Hall of Fame. He is particularly thankful to all the coaches and players that helped build the remarkable tradition that is Moeller basketball.

Dennis Schrock 
Dennis Schrock 2023 CPBorn on March 17, 1949 to my loving Parents, Carroll and Jennie Belle Schrock. I was raised along with my two brothers, Jon L (doctor) and Keith Schrock (Hall of Fame Football Coach) in Smithville, Ohio. Two of the greatest values that my parents and broth ers instilled in me was always to work hard to achieve your goals and always keep learning. When I became a coach, I vowed to myself that I would work hard to become the best coach I could be and never and never stop learning about the game.

On June 26, 1982, I married the love of my life, Shannon Hammer Schrock. We have been married 41 years and have five wonderful children, DJ and Caity Schrock, Ben and Kaitlin Schrock, Cassie Schrock, Anthony and Michaela Schrock, and Leah Schrock. They are my Hall of Fame Basketball Team.

Basketball has always been a part of the Schrock Life. Shannon an All-American at Walsh, DJ played at Muskingum and is now the Head Men’s Coach at Wadsworth, Ben played at Wadsworth, Cassie all MAC at Eastern Michigan and Leah at Wadsworth. One of our favorite activities was playing basketball at the court outside our home at night. People would drive by and say there are the Schrock’s playing basketball again.

Shannon and I have 8 grandsons (Jackson-10, Harrison 8, Jamison-5 Henry-6, Monroe- 4, Orrin-1, Otto-2, and number 8 to be born Dec 21). My basketball team continues to grow and Shannon and I love playing basketball with them. I cannot wait to coach them in youth basketball. I taught History at Chippewa High School beginning in 1972. I became Head Girls coach in the 1979-80 season, retired in 2003 then was rehired in 2011. I officially retired for good after the March 2023 State Tournament to spend quality time with Shannon, and all my children and grandchildren.

Looking back at my 41 years of coaching, I have been truly blessed to be the Head Coach at Chippewa. I was blessed with an amazing community that always supported the Lady Chipps, blessed with girls that worked hard to be the best, blessed with outstanding assistant coaches who stayed with me for countless number of years. Blessed with a great administration who provided me with support to do my job. Finally blessed with a family who was always there for me win or lose. All of these blessings were the reasons why today I was considered a Hall of Fame Coach.

Once retired for good, my record was 723 - 154 with four state appearances and two State runner-ups. In closing, the time that I had coaching was a complete joy and all the friendships made along the way are things I will cherish forever.

If you are ever traveling in Wadsworth Townships and drive by 1077 Eastern Road, you will see the Schrocks and their grandsons playing some hoops. You will get to see the Future Schrock Hall of Fame Team. Take Care and God Bless. 

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the MaxPreps Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings for girls and boys basketball. Toward the end of the regular-season, RPI data will be used to determine seeding for the statewide district tournament draws.

The concept of using RPI to determine seeding was proposed by the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association and approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors last fall. Previously, coaches in each district voted to determine basketball tournament seeding.

Girls Basketball: https://www.ohsaa.org/MaxPreps-RPI/Gender/Girls/Sport/Basketball

Boys Basketball: https://www.ohsaa.org/MaxPreps-RPI/Gender/Boys/Sport/Basketball

The RPI formula was recommended by the OHSBCA, adopted by the OHSAA and is calculated using scores entered into MaxPreps. The formula is comprised of 40 percent winning percentage, 35 percent opponent’s winning percentage, and 25 percent opponent’s opponent’s winning percentage. The winning team is required to enter the score into MaxPreps, or for out-of-state opponents, the Ohio school must enter the score if it is not entered by the out-of-state school.

The school groupings are determined by how each of the OHSAA’s six District Athletic Boards set up the seeding for their specific district. The Central, East, Northeast and Southeast Districts put all the schools together in each division, while the Southwest District divides its schools into North and South groups, and the Northwest District divides its schools into smaller groups.

The final reporting dates for scores to be entered and utilized in the RPI are 11:59 PM on February 2 for girls and February 9 for boys.

OHSBCA North-South All-Star Game
The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association will once again hold North-South All-Star Game. There will be one girl's game and one boy's game. Twelve players on each team will play in the games on Friday, April 26, 2024 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. These events will be held during the NCAA Division I Recruiting Period in June. The Girls event will be held on June 14 & 15 and the Boys event will be played on June 28 -30. 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