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Bob Ghiloni retired from Denison University immediately following the 2019-2020 season. He spent 18 years at the helm of the Division III program in Granville, Ohio. Coach Ghiloni had a non-traditional pathway into the coaching profession. He attended the regional campus at OSU-Newark for his first two years of college, before finishing his degree at the main campus of The Ohio State University. During college he coached Junior Varsity basketball at DeSales High School in Columbus before serving as an assistant at both Ohio Dominican University and Capital University. In 1987 he was hired as the head basketball coach of Bishop Ready High School in Columbus. Coach Ghiloni would spend 15 seasons leading the Ready program, and his tenure ended in 2002 with a state championship game appearance. His time at Denison University was highlighted by an NCAC Tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament in 2016. Coach Ghiloni retired as the 3rd winningest coach in Denison program history. His story in coaching is tremendous and his insights on basketball life are worth a listen. Please enjoy my visit with Denison University's Bob Ghiloni.
Taylor Roth spent four years playing Division III college basketball at Baldwin Wallace University and one year as a student assistant coach with the Yellow Jackets. Upon his graduation in 2012, he began a coaching journey that would see him essentially bounce between Ohio and New York for the next eight years. At 31 years of age he was hired to take over the program at Hiram College in early May. Coach Roth is young, energetic, passionate and he has a wealth of basketball coaching experience at a very early age. I know you'll enjoy listening to his story!
I first met Sean Powell when he was a 6th grade camper at the Ohio Northern University summer basketball camp. He was a tall, skinny, super energetic kid with an infectious personality. He has had a non-traditional route to a career in coaching. He is playing a less than traditional style in comparison to much of his league, the Shelby County Athletic League, while competing with very traditional powers like Ft. Loramie and Jackson Center. Entering his 3rd year at the helm, Coach Powell has a deep and talented team, that he can finally begin his summer work with starting next week. I think you'll be able to tell that he is a little excited. Please enjoy my conversation with Sean Powell of Botkins High School!
Matt Tabler is a Lima, Ohio kid, born & raised. Growing up and attending Lima Central Catholic High School where he played for the legendary Bob Seggerson, allowed Matt to experience great success as high school player, making 3 trips to the State Final Four. After 8 years as an assistant at both Lima Senior High School and Waynesfield-Goshen High Schools, Matt was hired at Perry High School in 2007. Coach Tabler's journey leading the Commodores over the last 13 years has resulted in some crushing lows both on and off the court, as well as remarkable highs, when Perry reached the State Semifinals in 2017. Please enjoy my visit with Matt Tabler of Perry High School.
After a stellar playing career at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, and then at John Carroll University, Artie Taylor has spent a career in coaching. A passion that exploded during his final year of college led to a position as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Defiance College, a brief stint as the Junior Varsity basketball coach at Cardinal Ritter High School (Indianapolis), and then to Wittenberg University where Coach Taylor spent 6 seasons under Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame member Bill Brown. In 2007, at the age of 31, he was hired as the Head Coach at Ohio Dominican University. Following a jump from NAIA to NCAA Division II, and after 7 years leading the ODU program, Artie was dismissed. After persevering through the struggle of the painful disappointment of being fired, Coach Taylor by his own admission, reconnected with his "why" in coaching and was given the opportunity to lead the program at The Wellington School near Columbus, Ohio. To say that the program has been successful would be an understatement. Since taking over in 2014, he has led the Jaguars to the state Final Four twice. The wins are secondary to the process and Coach Taylor is committed to keeping it that way. Please enjoy my conversation with Artie Taylor.
I just want to wish a Happy Father's Day to all dad's out there, but especially to my dad and to the coaches I know who are dads as well! I have had so many "father figures" in the coaching profession, but all of us in coaching are playing some type of father-loke role in the lives of other people's children. You guys are heroes! Happy Father's Day!
Jon Vanderwal became the head basketball coach at Marietta College in 2007 at 28 years of age. The Cadillac, Michigan native had a four-year playing career at Albion College (Mi.) then served as Graduate Assistant Coach at Defiance College before becoming the lead assistant at Ohio Wesleyan University in 2003. When Coach VanderWal took over in Marietta, the Pioneer program had just concluded a 5-year run with a combined record of 32-96. After 3 difficult years to begin his tenure, Coach VanderWal led his 2010-2011 squad to a record of 27-4 (15-3 OAC)! The Pioneers won their first Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title in 36 seasons and the school claimed it's first ever OAC Tournament title. From 20010-11 through 2019-20 Marietta Basketball is 227-62 (.785). They claimed 5 consecutive OAC titles between 2014-15 and 2018-19 (the only school in the history of the OAC to claim at least a share of five titles in a row). Marietta has made 8 NCAA Tournament appearances in the past 10 years with 4 Sweet Sixteen appearances and 2 trips to the Elite Eight. No program at any level of college basketball can claim a more dramatic turnaround in less than two decades. Please enjoy my conversation with Jon VanderWal of Marietta College!
Bill Brown spent nearly 40 years coaching college basketball at both the Division I and Division III levels, with 29 of those years as a head coach. He was the head coach at Wittenberg University for 23 seasons. He retired in 2016 and remains the longest tenured and most successful head coach in the history of Wittenberg University, which just happens to be the winningest program in the history of Division III basketball. During his time at Witt, Coach Brown led his teams to 12 NCAA tournaments, 4 Elite Eight appearances and 2 Final Fours. Coach Brown retired with an overall career record of 543-266 (483-167 at Wittenberg), and was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May of 2018. What does a guy do in retirement after that kind of career? Wel, Bill Brown has served as a volunteer assistant coach at Westfield High School in Indianapolis for the past 4 years. Why? Because more than anything else, Bill Brown is a basketball lifer. He loves hoops and values the chance to continue to give back to the game that has given him so very much! Please enjoy my conversation with Bill Brown of Wittenberg University.
Babe Kwasniak currently holds the position of Civilian Aide to the US Secretary of the Army. He graduated from Cleveland St. Joseph High School in 1994, after winning a State Championship while playing for his father, Tedd Kwasniak. He then attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, and played four years of varsity basketball. After a five year service commitment to the Army and a brief but successful career in the business world, Babe returned to Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph HS as the head boys basketball coach. In 10 seasons at the helm, he led the Vikings to 5 consecutive state title game appearances and won 3 state championships. He was informed in late February that his contract as the head coach would not be renewed. In today's episode, Coach Kwasniak tells his story and reflects on his incredibly successful decade coaching at his alma mater. Please enjoy my visit with Babe Kwasniak.
Dave Froelich spent 34 years in high school coaching in the state of Ohio. after starting his career as an assistant to Larry Clark at Perrysburg High School, Dave went on to serve as head coach at Colonel Crawford High School (9 years), and then Van Wert High School (21 years). Coach Froelich won 420 games as a head coach and was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2018. If you listen to today's podcast or are ever lucky enough to spend any time with Coach Fro, you will quickly learn that the 420 wins do not tell anywhere near the story of what makes him so successful. He is a communicator, a relationship builder, a mentor and a leader of the highest degree. Please enjoy today's episode with Dave Froelich.
I had the wonderful fortune to serve as an assistant coach at Bluffton University when Tom Heil was a junior and a senior. He has since gone on to coach as an assistant at Defiance College (2 years), then Baldwin Wallace University (5 years). His fateful journey in coaching saw him earn the opportunity to return to Defiance at the age of 29 as the school's head coach. In his one season leading the Yellow Jackets, the team was 22-7, winning both the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. They went on to upset reigning national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater in the first round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament. After that year, Coach Heil was hired to return to Baldwin Wallace yet again, this time as the head coach. In 5 seasons at the helm Heil has led these Yellow Jackets to more than 80 wins and another NCAA Tournament. He has had a truly magical journey in college coaching and has played or worked for some of the most respected coaches in the profession during high school and college. He has also overcome some truly staggering personal challenges during his time in coaching. Please enjoy my conversation with Tom Heil of Baldwin Wallace University.
Today's episode is a visit with Tom Souder the head boys basketball coach at Worthington Kilbourne High School just outside Columbus, Ohio. Coach Souder comes from a coaching family. His father was a longtime, successful coach at Ft. Recovery and Paulding high schools, and Coach Souder just completed his 42nd year in the coaching profession. His career includes serving as the head coach at two other high schools (between 1980 & 1988) as well as assistant coaching stops at Eastern Kentucky University (1998-2000), Hartford University (1992-1998) and 4 seasons at The Ohio State University (1988-1992). In the fall Coach Souder will begin his 21st season at Kilbourne High School. He has an exceptional journey, a wealth of experience and tremendous wisdom. Please enjoy my conversation with Tom Souder!
My guests today are Andy and Matt Winters. They are brothers, and they just finished their first season leading the basketball program at Otterbein University. Both played high school basketball at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio. Both went on the play college basketball, Matt at Ohio Dominican University (NAIA Division II) and Andy at Ohio Wesleyan University (NCAA Division III). Both spent time as assistants in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), Matt at Ohio Northern University, and Andy at Capital University. When Andy was hired to be the head coach at Otterbein (also an OAC school) the door was opened for them to work together and try to rebuild a once proud program. Please enjoy my conversation with Andy & Matt Winters of Otterbein University!
My guest for this episode of Talkin' Hoops: With Coach Jon Cook is Ryan Stechschulte, the head boys basketball coach at Kalida High School in Kalida, Ohio. Ryan is a Putnam County native and has spent his entire coaching career at schools that compete in the always tough Putnam County League. After four years leading the program at Columbus Grove High School Ryan was hired in May of 2016 to replace Richard Kortokrax who had led the Kalida program for 45 years and retired as the winningest coach in Ohio High School basketball history. Ryan's journey in coaching is unique and his passion for the game is contagious. Please enjoy today's episode with Ryan Stechschulte.
Anthony Gholson is my guest for this episode. Anthony has been a college coach, as an assistant and a head coach at both the junior college level and in NCAA Division III for nearly 30 years. He is also deeply involved in the Nike EYBL summer AAU circuit and coaches with the All Ohio program based in Columbus, Ohio. T, as he is known to many of us, has experienced a national championship as an assistant and coached the #1 ranked juco team in the country as a head coach. He 's also survived being dismissed as a head coach and rebounded to serve as an assistant coach with a Capital program that has turned out conference players of the year, All Americans and has competed in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. He is a terrific mentor to young athletes and remains as passionate about using this great game to develop young men and teams as he was the day I met him three decades ago.
Kurt Stubbs is a true basketball junkie who has managed to overcome the coaching bug. He has fed his basketball habit as a blogger, turned influencer, turned podcaster. He is also a junior high math teacher, a husband and an oh so proud father of a 14-month old son. He is a man of true integrity and sincere faith, with a fascinating journey into and around this game that we both love. I hope you enjoy my visit with Kurt Stubbs.
Basketball is my first love, my only hobby and my true passion. Basketball has created so many opportunities in my life and is the genesis of innumerable cherished relationships in my life. Basketball has almost always been the bridge over the gap between me and so many who are different from me due to background, gender or race, and has resulted in so many blessings in my life. The calendar year of 2020 has been filled with tragedy and strife for everyone. The recent, tragic events in our country are once again reflective of the truly awful division that exists in society, and because so many that I love are angry, hurt, confused and bitter, I am choosing to speak.
Segment 2 of today's episode is a much more lighthearted take on something else that has been changed and perhaps completely wiped out by the COVID-19 pamndemic... Man 2020 has really sucked!
My guest today is Mark Bagley, the former head coach at Van Wert High School in Van Wert, Ohio. Mark spent 20 years at Van Wert as the JV Coach and/or Varsity Assistant Coach under Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame member Dave Froelich, before becoming the head coach. Mark stepped down after the 2018-2019 season and is now the Superintendent of the Van Wert City Schools. Mark's passion and positivity are matched only by his energy level and his desire to operate as a servant leader in helping people (players, coaches, teachers, etc.) to strive for reaching their full potential. Please enjoy my conversation with Coach Mark Bagley.
Chad Shutler has spent nearly 25, of his more than 30 years in coaching, in Bluffton, Ohio. From two years as a graduate assistant with the then Bluffton College, men's program under legendary head coach Guy Neal; to one year as an assistant at Bluffton High School and then five years as the Pirates head coach; to spending the last 15 years as the head coach of the Bluffton University Women's Basketball program. I have been blessed to call coach Shutler a friend since we were on staff together at BC during the 1998-99 season and I am thrilled to have him share his story, and some of his wisdom with us today. Thanks for taking the time to listen to Talkin' Hoops: With Coach Jon Cook!
Today I visit with Mark Huelsman, the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Ohio Northern University. Coach Huelsman played Division III basketball at Wittenberg University before starting his coaching career. He spent 6 seasons as the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Wilmington College (OH)before joining the staff at ONU in 2013. The ONU women won 20 or more games in each of Mark's first 5 seasons with the program, including a 30-1 season during 2016-2017 that ended with a loss in the Elite 8 of the national tournament. I was blessed to work with Mark, as a volunteer assistant for 3 of those 7 seasons and I hope that you'll enjoy Mark's story as well as his insights on coaching, culture and leadership.
Our guest for this episode is TK Griffith the head boys basketball coach at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio. TK was a senior at Hoban, when the Knights won a state championship in 1989. He came back to his alma mater four short years later to be and English teacher and at the age of 21 years old, to be the school's head basketball coach. He has now completed 27 years leading Hoban basketball. Please enjoy Coach Griffith's story and his insights on teaching as well as coaching, balancing work and family life as well as his passion for the X's and O's of this great game.
Today's episode is a visit with Eric Gabriel, Assistant Coach at High Point University in North Carolina. Eric is a graduate of Alexander High School in Athens, Ohio and West Liberty State University in West Virginia, where he played Division II basketball before starting a career as a teacher and a coach. Eric's journey through coaching, from high school to Division III college basketball and ultimately to High Point University is unique and inspiring. Enjoy today's episode of Talkin' Hoops!
In today's episode I visit with Albion College Head Men's Basketball Coach Jody May. Coach May was a Division III player at Ohio Northern University and s captain on a national championship squad in 1993. He has spent a career of more than 25 years coaching D3 hoops, the last 12 as the head coach of Albion College in Michigan. This season started with an exhibition game against Michigan St at the Breslin Center and ended with a bitter defeat in the conference tournament semifinals on their home floor. In between the team was 21-5 with a 12-2 record in the MIAA all while enduring & recovering from the early season loss of a player to suicide. Jody May is a big part of what’s good about Division III basketball & I know you’ll appreciate his story.
Today we talk hoops with Scott Cooper the head basketball coach at Indiana University-South Bend. He led his NAIA Division II IUSB Titans to a conference title and their first appearance in the NAIA national tournament before having the tournament shut down just minutes before they were scheduled to take the court.
Hi1 I am Coach Jon Cook and I am excited to be jumping into the podcast game! I love talkin' hoops at every level and in every way. From high school to the pros; from coaches to players; from X's and O's to game recaps; from teaching to player development and even just debating the hot topics of the day. If you're a basketball junkie like me, I hope you'll enjoy Talkin' Hoops: With Coach Jon Cook.