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Coaches Association Newsletter December 2019

Dec 1, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Upcoming Events

OHSBCA Membership Deadline: December 31st
Hooplines Year-In-Review Issue: January 13th

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Don Nelson has served as the Howland Boys Basketball Scorekeeper for 53 years. In additions to his role as scorekeeper, Don, taught at Howland for 35 years and coached junior high boys basketball for 35 years. Don is a 1963 graduate of Bowling Green State University.


Troy DiFranco was the head boys’ basketball coach at Mid-view High School for 19 years. A 1989 Midview graduate, Troy returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 1993 after graduating from Heidelberg University. As head coach of the Midview boys’ basketball program, Coach DiFranco accumulated 231 wins and won 7 league championships. He was also honored to be the President of the Lorain County Basketball Coaches Association (LC-BCA) for 10 years and the Vice-President for 5 years.


Jim Blackburn has been preserving the history of Steubenville Big Red Athletics since 1978 as a videographer.


Dave has provided an invaluable resource to the coaches of NW Ohio with his website that provides scores for all teams in the area. He is an avid supporter of basketball and his efforts are appreciated.


Jason Bruce has assist-ed with the District 9 All Star games for the last 10 years. He runs the scoreboard for all the All Star games. In addition, he has been a team manager with the Kenton Ridge High School Boys Basketball team for 19 years. Jason helps with practice and does a lot of the be-hind the scenes tasks that helps the program.


Dean Streby has been serving in the athletic department at Fredericktown Local Schools since 1957 in various capacities. He currently serves as our officials host for Varsity Football games and Junior Varsity and Varsity Girls and Boys basketball games. Dean has been a staple in Fredericktown Athletics for so many years and officials look forward to seeing him and interacting with him upon their arrival.


Marc Pendleton has worked in Journalism since 1989 for The Beavercreek News, Fairborn Daily Herald, Springfield News-Sun, and currently for The Dayton Daily News. Marc has been working for the past decade covering high school sports. Marc has helped grow the game of basket-ball for District 15. He covers the boys and girls basketball teams for the Dayton Daily News from preseason to postseason.  


Wayne Horsley has served as the Southeast District & Regional tournament manager for the past 20 years. Wayne has managed over 600 basketball games for the Southeast District and the OHSAA. Wayne is currently a teacher at Athens High School and also serves as an official, having worked multiple state finals.

OHSBCA Membership

Membership Deadline is Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Please get your membership in by that date. You must be a member to received the Coaches and Players Awards. In addition to this year’s membership, you will be a member of the NHSBCA which will provide the benefits from Luceo Sports - Online Registration, NHSBCA Resource App, and the NHSBCA Playbook App. All ACTIVE members are entitled to these benefits.


This year, there will three editions of HOOPLINES as the OHSBCA starts to move to digital content. The Fall / October edition was mailed to every school in the state of Ohio. The Year in Review / January edition will be release around January 10, 2020. The Spring / May edition was be released in Mid-May. Our Monthly newsletters, like this one, will be sent to your email address provided on the membership form.

NHSBCA Summer Convention

The OHSBCA is proud to announce that the state of Ohio will be hosting the NHSBCA Summer Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 7 - 9, 2020. State Basketball Representatives from the 50 States will descend upon Cleveland to discuss Hot Topics around High School Basketball.

Doug Graham Elected Vice-President

Doug Graham of Ironton has been elected as Vice-President of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. He will begin his nine-year term on the Executive Committee, serving as Vice-President for the next three years. He will assume the President position in October 2022, followed by a three-year stint as Past President.

Coach Graham has held several leadership positions in the OHSBCA organization. He was elected in 2013-14 basketball season as the Girls District 13 & 14 Director. He has served on the scholarship committee and last year took over the reigns as the Girls North-South Director.

Doug is entering his 20th year in coaching and 14th as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Ironton High School. He has won four District Titles and have reached two Final Four Appearances. He has re-ceived several Coach of the Year Honors from the SEOAL, OVC, District 13 and the OHSBCA. Doug has an overall record of 210-101 as a head coach.

Have Partner to Bring More Benefits to the OHSBCA Membership

This fall the OHSBCA has added a new value to your membership. Starting this September your membership will offer three exciting new features. One of the features is a new website with online registration options for both memberships and the Fall clinic. Another is the NHSBCA Resource App. This App will allow member coaches exclusive content such as plays, drills, and articles covering every topic relevant for coaching at the high school level. It also provides coaches with the ability to connect and chat with fellow association members, and organizations a suite of tools for engaging with their membership. The other is the Playbook Animation iOS app from Luceo Sports. This will give every coach that is a member the option of draw, storing and showing plays on any electric device (iphone, ipad, laptop, etc.)

Starting in September the OHSBCA partnered with the National High School Basketball Coaches Association to offer these additions. The NHSBCA Playbooks iPad app is currently used by NBA and college teams all over the country. Our partnership with the NHSBCA has secured a deal to provide this playbook to every coach who joins the OHSBCA. EVERY coach that registers and provides a valid email address will be sent a link on how to register for the playbook. This playbook will come free with each membership for the 2019-20 school year.
If you have joined via the website or through mail-in registration, you should have received an invitation to create an account with Luceo Sports. Please remember you must have provided a valid email address to receive this invitation.

If you missed the 48 hour account activation window for one reason or another, Luceo Sports have built a web-page to ask about activations.


If you put your email address associated with your membership and hit submit it will automatically kick off resending an activation email. It also provides them with Luceo’s help email address after submission in case they continue to have issues.

We know everyone is excited to get access to their li-cense of the new NHSBCA Playbooks iPad app and we are happy to announce that it will be available in the Apple App Store soon!
We ran into a couple of unexpected development projects required to integrate the app with the new NHSBCA User Account system but our development team can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Please check this topic often as we will be continue to update our progress here as we get new information. Status as of 11/19/2019

Begin Final Testing: November 21, 2019
Target Release Date: December 3, 2019

Pat Carroll

Written by Pat Carroll