Editor‘s note: This story was updated to correct Susan Felver’s title at Southview. She is the athletic director.
Southview selected Aaron Myers as its next varsity baseball coach, an appointment which is subject to approval by the Sylvania school board in its first August meeting according to athletic director Susan Felver.
Myers succeeds Ed Mouch, whose contract was not renewed despite the Cougars reaching the Division I regional championship game in May. Felver’s only comment when Mouch was not renewed last month was that the school chose to go in a “new direction.”
Mouch, who accumulated 100 victories in six seasons, and led the Cougars to two Northern Lakes League titles, was contacted by The Blade but declined to comment.
“The program is heading in the right direction and I just hope to continue the success we’ve had in the tournament and try to win a league title,” said Myers, who was a Southview assistant under Mouch for four seasons (2008-09, 2013-14). “We want to compete for an NLL title and make a deep run in the tournament. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to lead these young men in the program at Southview and I feel honored.”
Southview expects to return six starters and 11 total varsity players from its regional final squad.
“We’re pleased to bring Aaron on board,” Felver said. “He’s got head coaching experience, which is enticing. Also, he has been with the program for a few years and we hope he will be someone who can continue the success that we’ve had in the program. Hopefully we can do as well next year as we did this year.”
Myers posted a 42-30 overall record in three seasons as head coach at Otsego (2010-12), and was also previously head coach for three years at Maumee Valley. The 1993 Waite graduate has also been an assistant coach at St. John’s Jesuit and Bowling Green. He is an employee of the City of Toledo in the parks, recreation, and forestry division.
Lakota selects Diebler
Longtime area boys basketball coach Keith Diebler, who recently resigned his position at Genoa, will be the next boys coach at Lakota.
“I took this job for a lot of reasons,” Diebler said. “Number one, it feels good. After talking to [Lakota administrators] and mulling it over for a few days, it just feels like a good situation. It’s a little bit closer to my home [in Catawba Bay], and I think I can get some things done there that I want to get done.”
One key reason Diebler said for his resignation from Genoa after two years was his inability to secure a teaching job there. He is currently teaching at the Penta Career Center. He will not have a teaching position at Lakota this school year, but could likely have one the following year.
“I think that’s a little more in the cards at Lakota than it was at Genoa,” Diebler said. “It may not happen this year, but there’s a good possibility that it will happen. You’re always taking a leap of faith whenever you do anything, but I think the possibility of getting on staff there is a little bit better than it was at Genoa.”
Diebler has coached for more than 30 seasons at Ohio high schools, including stops at Plymouth, Gibsonburg, Bowling Green, Fostoria, and Upper Sandusky. He posted a 13-33 record in two seasons at Genoa during a rebuilding phase for the program. The Comets were 10-14 overall (7-7 Northern Buckeye) last season.
His 2005 Upper Sandusky team, which featured sons Jake and Jon, won the Division II state championship. The Rams were D-II state runners-up in 2007, the year Jon Diebler was named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball and set the all-time Ohio career scoring record (3,208 points).
“We are excited to have Keith Diebler at Lakota,” Raiders athletic director Mary Brewer said. “He has an extensive resume and proven results in every district that he has coached. He has taken many programs and turned them into successful legacies that we can only hope to have back here at Lakota.
“He will not be teaching here at Lakota this year, but hope we can have him here in the upcoming year.”
Diebler inherits a Raiders team that went 8-15 overall (1-9 Midland Athletic) last season. With the MAL now disbanded, Lakota will play in the new Sandusky River League.
“It’s not in that bad of shape, and I think I’ll be able to do some things there with the kids coming back,” Diebler said. “They came along towards the end of the year, and I think the future is bright. The goal is always to improve. I want to improve the program and get it back to where it used to be.”
St. John’s chooses Marzec
Chad Marzec has been tabbed to succeed Charlie Schoen as head wrestling coach at St. John’s Jesuit.
Marzec will join the Titans after completing military service with the United States Army in August. He currently serves as an aviation maintenance troop commander at Fort Campbell, Ky., after completing two combat tours in Afghanistan as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot.
He has received numerous military decorations, including a Purple Heart and Air Medal with Valor.
Marzec was a four-year letter winner with the Army Black Knights wrestling program. He is a 2006 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor’s degree in systems engineering. Prior to that, Marzec was a four-year letter winner and two-time captain for St. Francis de Sales wrestling team. He was a three-time City League champion and placed third in the state in his weight class at the 2001 state tournament.
Whitmer football on radio
Seven Whitmer football games will by broadcast live this season on WCWA AM-1230, with commentators Rhett Boyd and Chris Schmidbauer calling the games.
The Panthers games in weeks 2 through 8 of the season will be on WCWA, which is contracted to air Toledo Mud Hens games on the Fridays of weeks 1, 9, and 10 of the 2014 high school season.
On those three weeks with the scheduling conflict, Whitmer coach Jerry Bell said that Boyd and Schmidbauer will likely broadcast the games on the Internet, but that they are seeking another local radio station on which to air those games.
Mancinotti to OSU
St. John’s Jack Mancinotti, who will be a senior this fall, has committed to continue his golf career at Ohio State University.
Last fall, Mancinotti earned All-Ohio first team honors. At the state tournament he shot a 73-77--150 to finish as the Division I individual runner-up.
Recently, he qualified to play in the United States Junior Amateur Golf Championship in Houston by finishing at 3-under to win a qualifier by six shots.