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Coaches Association Newsletter January 2020

Jan 4, 2020 7:23:02 AM


The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA) is proud to announce the coaches and date for the Hall of Fame Class for 2020. This year, the association is inducting four coaches into the Hall of Fame. The four high school coaches being inducted are Chris Adams of Elida & Springfield Catholic, David Kleman of Ottoville, Randy Montgomery of Wooster Triway, North Canton Hoover, and West Branch, and the final inductee is Dan Schwieterman of Shenandoah.

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The Induction Ceremony for the Thirty-Fourth Class will be at the Columbus Marriott University Area at 3100 Olentangy River Road in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, April 25, 2020 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.



Chris Adams (Lancaster High School Class of 1976) is a 1981 graduate of Wittenberg University (B.S.) and a 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University (M.A.). He spent four years at Springfield Catholic Central High School (1981-85) before serving 21 years at Elida High School (1985-2006), teaching biology, chemistry and physical science.

During his high school coaching career, Adams recorded a 380-189 record. He was named the Western Buckeye League Coach of the Year five times (1987, 91, 98, 2003, 06), the District 8 Coach of the Year twice (1991, 98), and was the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1998. His teams made four regional appearances (1982, 1984, 1988, 1997), won 15 sectional titles and had just one losing season.

Adams also served as President of the District 8 Coaches Association during the 1992-93 season and as the President of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association from 2002 until 2004.

Following his tenure at Elida, Adams went to the University of Northwestern Ohio as athletic director, where he remains today. As athletic director, Adams has helped grow the Racers Athletic Department, which was revived and rebranded in 2007-08 with four sports: men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis. The department has since expanded into a nationally-respected crew of 14 traditional programs along with the three motorsports teams.

Along with his athletic director role, Adams was also the head men’s basketball coach for 10 seasons at UNOH. He posted a 154-154 record during his tenure and led the Racers to a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference co-championship in the 2014-15 campaign, a season that saw him being selected as the WHAC Coach of the Year.

He and his wife Jan, who have been married for 38 years, reside in Lima and have two children: a son, Drew, who is currently a men’s basketball assistant coach at Army, and daughter, Julie, a dietician in the Lima area. They have three grandchildren: Jency, Tilly and Eli.

For his success throughout the years, he thanks all the players, assistants, community, friends and family – he is truly humbled and honored to be an inductee into the OHSBCA Hall of Fame.




David grew up on a farm in rural Fort Jennings where his parents Jim and Janice raised their 6 boys and 2 girls. He graduated from Fort Jennings High School in 1974, where he was Junior and Senior Class President, and played basketball, baseball, and ran cross country. In 1978 he graduated from BGSU with a B.S. in Education with a major in Mathematics and in 1983 he received a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Dayton.

His coaching and teaching career started at Van Wert High School where he coached basketball at the 8th, 9th, and Junior Varsity levels and Varsity Track. Veteran coaches Frank Minnig and Rick Schilb were great mentors and helped shape not only his basketball philosophies, but how to develop meaningful relationships with coaches and players.

After a 5 year hiatus from coaching because of 3 young daughters at home that required his attention, Dave started his varsity coaching career at Ottoville High School coaching the Varsity Girls. In the 27 years of coaching the Varsity Girls, his teams have had 532 wins and 127 losses. They have 12 League Championships, 24 Sectional Championships, 14 District Championships, 8 Regional Championships, and 3 State Runners-up.

Dave won 10 District 8 Coach of the Year Awards, a OHSBCA Coach of the Year Award, 10 Putnam County Coach of the Year Awards. He also coached district 8 All Star Games, 2 Indiana Ohio All Star Games, and a North South All Star Game. Receiving the Bob Arnzen Award was very special to Dave because Bob was a friend and role model. Being in charge of District 8 girls voting for 26 years and serving on the Girls Advisory Board helped him to develop many positive and rewarding relationships with other coaches.

David has been married to his best friend and biggest fan, Cheryl, for 42 years. Her encouragement,“ God blessed you with 3 daughters, you should coach girls” provided him the push he needed to give it a try. Dave and Cheryl are the proud parents of Melissa, Amanda, and Megan and 3 son-in-laws Gary Snyder, Luke Brown, and Evan Dreyer. The 5 new joys in their lives are their grandchildren Violet, Leo, Carmen, Annabelle, and Edward James.

Coach Kleman gives credit to the total program for his success. His long time coaches, Vaughn Horstman and Deb Lindeman, as well as the players, administrators, parents, and community helped create a great culture for the girls to thrive. He considers himself very fortunate to have had all these experiences and relationships. Dave would like to thank all those who supported and helped him take this wonderful journey.


Randy Montgomery - Newsletter - January 2020RANDY MONTGOMERY


Randy Montgomery is a graduate of Salem High School and Youngstown State University. Early on, he was influenced by John Cabas (OHSBCA HOF), and Dom Roselli at YSU. These two legendary mentors set Montgomery on a path that would lead him to the heights of the coaching profession.

Montgomery began his coaching career in 1978, at Springfield (Mahoning) High School, where he served as a physical education teacher while coaching baseball and basketball as an assistant. However, another coaching legend came calling and Montgomery followed Head Coach Bobby Huggins to Walsh College in 1980. They quickly led Walsh to their three-season record of 71-24, and national prominence.

With the support and insistence of Huggins, Randy began his head-coaching career in 1983 at Wooster Triway High School. Montgomery took over a program that had seven consecutive losing seasons. Under his leadership, Triway would become a state power and a fearful place for visiting teams. Montgomery did not shy away from competition. He brought the state and nation’s leading teams to “The Pit”, Triway’s home court, the highlight being the visit of Virginia’s Oak Hill Academy, and Jerry Stackhouse.

Over the next 19 seasons, Triway would win 342 games. The 1988 and 1991 squads advanced to Ohio’s Final Four, in Columbus. The 1991 team lost to eventual champion, Lexington. During this span, the Titans won 14 league championships, a state record 12 in a row, while winning five district titles. Highlighted during this time was back-to-back Associated Press State Poll Championships, 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

His success at Triway made Montgomery a valued commodity and he was offered and accepted the head coaching position at North Canton Hoover High School in 2003. Hoover had a solid history of success, but had recently struggled. In 12 years at Hoover, the Vikings won 206 games, and garnered four Federal League Championships. They advanced to the “Sweet 16” in 2009 and 2013. The 2013 squad were defeated by eventual state champion, Mentor High School. Another Associated Press Poll championship was added to Montgomery’s resume in 2004, as the Division I Vikings finished 20-0.

In 2015, Randy was challenged to rebuild Division II West Branch High School, who like his previous stops had fallen on hard times. Montgomery retired from this position due to family reasons, but had 51 wins in his time there, while leaving the program on a solid foundation for the coming years.

Coach Montgomery has been the recipient of the OSHBA State Coach of the Year award in 1991, and 2000. He has been the head coach of the Ohio North-South All-Star game in 1999, and the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star match-up in 2004. Randy received the Bob Arnzen State Award in 2002. He was honored by being named to the Wayne County Hall of Fame for his legendary success at Triway.

Randy Montgomery’s teams have had 11, 20-win seasons, 17 league championships, and 7 District titles. He is only the 15th coach in Ohio high school basketball history to amass 600+ wins. He has the most wins of any coach in Triway and Hoover history. His overall coaching record stands at 600-205.

Randy and his wife of 34 years, Becky, are both retired guidance counselors. They served Triway and Hoover in this capacity. They are the parents of three daughters, Annie, Erin, and Leigh. Annie served as her father’s bench coach at North Canton Hoover.

Annie and husband Beau are expecting their first child, and the first grandchild for Randy and Becky in June.


Dan Schwieterman - Newsletter - January 2020DAN SCHWIETERMAN

Dan grew up on a farm in Jay County, Indiana, the son of Harold and Ruth Schwieterman, along with six siblings: Connie, Steve, Ken, Rosann, Lori, and Harold Jr. Although he participated in many activities at tiny Bryant High School, his love for the game of basketball was greatly fostered by his coach, Dennis Wallace. While earning three varsity letters, Dan learned many important lessons about the fundamentals of basketball, competition, and leadership from his much respected mentor.

With his sights set on becoming a teacher/coach, Dan received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University in 1976. He was greatly supported during those college years by his beloved grandparents, Aloys and Loretta Braun, from the Buckeye state. His first job opportunity came at Madison High School as a Physical Education teacher. While at Madison, in addition to his teaching position, he also coached varsity basketball and baseball, as well as serving as the athletic director. After this very rewarding year of experience at Madison, their consolidation into Buckeye Trail High School led Dan to make the move to the nearby Noble Local School District. He then maintained the boys’ varsity basketball coaching position at Shenandoah High School for the next thirty-four years.

Shenandoah became Dan’s “home” away from home, where he taught Physical Education for all grade levels, until gaining his Master’s Degree in School Counseling from the University of Dayton. He became the grade five through eight guidance counselor for several years, before assuming the kindergarten through eighth grade counselor position at the elementary school. Dan is entering his forty-third year of work in the Noble Local School District, where he has also had the opportunity to coach varsity baseball and cross country.

Coach Schwieterman was extremely blessed during his total thirty-five years of coaching varsity basketball. His accomplishments include being a part of eleven sectional championship teams and winning two district titles, while finishing as the regional runner-up in 1997. His teams won five Pioneer Valley Conference championships and two Ohio Valley Athletic Conference titles. He was named “Coach of the Year” in the PVC five times, while gaining similar honors in the Eastern District four times and twice in the OVAC. Dan has been an active member of the District 12 Coaches Association for forty-four years, serving briefly as their local President before becoming the State Director from 2003-2011. He has had the opportunity to coach in several local All Star games and was selected to coach in the 1992 North-South All-Star game. His overall career varsity basketball coaching won/loss record is 459-312.

Schwieterman has received the Bob Arnzen Award (1998), the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award (2010), and the OVAC Earl Haberfield Coaches Award (2014). Among his most cherished memories would definitely be his years of involvement in the Ohio High Basketball Coaches Association, working among legends of the game and mentors such as Doc Daugherty, Don Henderson, Wayne Wiseman, Larry Wilson, and directors of the other local coaching associations, along with OHSAA Commissioners, Dan Ross and Jerry Snodgrass.

Dan has remained active in basketball since he retired from being a varsity coach. He has served as an assistant coach for the Shenandoah girls’ basketball team under Lynn Werry (2011-2014); assisted Tom Strasser with the Meadowbrook girls’ basketball team (2014-2016); and is presently in his fourth year of working with Lou “Scooter” Tolzda as an assistant with the Meadowbrook boys’ basketball team. Coach Schwieterman was able to fulfill a lifetime dream when the Meadowbrook boys advanced to a “FINAL FOUR” appearance at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus (2018).

With this invitation to be inducted into the OHSBCA Hall of Fame, Coach Schwieterman is both moved with elation, thankfulness, and humility as he reflects over the past forty-four years of involvement with the game of basketball. The many opportunities that he has been blessed with are as follows: to establish lifelong friendships, to teach skills that can lead to success on and off the basketball court, to learn each day how competition can make you a better person, and to appreciate those individuals who are there to provide support every step of the way! This journey and the personal experiences that have accompanied it, has been so much more gratifying than any of his teenage dreams could ever have imagined.

Dan would like to thank all of the coaches, players, parents, fans, and school personnel for their participation, dedication, and hard work that made our basketball programs so special! He is most appreciative of the love, support, and understanding that Shelly, his wife of thirty-five years, has provided season after season! Her parents, Joe and Diane Krall, have played an important part in their family and career success. The three Schwieterman children, who all are former Shenandoah basketball players, continue to make Dan and Shelly so very proud of their accomplishments. Braun, Caleb, and Renee, as well as their extended families, have been a true blessing!!!


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.

North-South All-Star Games
The OHSBCA featured event is the Ohio North-South All-Star Game. The Boys have been playing this event since 1958 and the Girls since 1981. The top players and coaches in the state participate in this annual event.

Each team is comprised of ten players. The players selection is done by the following procedure. The State is divided into 16-districts, eight southern and eight northern. One player and one alternate are selected from each district. Voting is done in each district by tallying the number of State Membership votes. The player must be nominated by a coach who is a member of the OHSBCA. The alternate player will participate if the original player cannot participate. Two other players that complete the ten-man roster are selected by (1) At Large from the State, (2) All-Star Committee Selection, or (3) Game Site Selection.

District Directors from the North will select the North coaches and District Director from the South will select the South coaches. Coach must be an OHSBCA Member and coached in the District Finals in the previous season.

The Boys game will take place on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Olentangy Liberty High School. The Division I & II game will tip-off at 6:30 pm, followed by the Division III & IV game at 8:15 pm. The Girls game will also be played on Friday, April 24, 2020 at Denison University. The Division I & II game will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by the Division III & IV game at 8:15 pm.

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 webpage 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.

Pat Carroll

Written by Pat Carroll