Sunday, April 29, 2001

High School Insider

Board rethinks adding limits

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Board of Control, the governing body of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, has decided not to impose tougher restrictions on swimming, golf, tennis and gymnastics coaches during the summer months.

        In sports such as basketball, football, baseball, soccer and softball, high school coaches are allowed only 10 days of instruction with prep athletes during June and July.

        At the OHSAA's summer meeting, the Board of Control had voted to include swimming, golf, tennis, wrestling and gymnastics under a bylaw that reads: “Any coach, paid or unpaid, approved by the board of education in the school year just completed, may have contact in an instructional program as director or employee with players from
the school where employed for a period not to exceed 10 days from June 1 to July 31.”

        “I'm only speaking on behalf of Dale Creamer, but in my opinion, we voted too quickly,” said Creamer, Board of Control vice president.

        “We needed more time to look at the pros and cons.”

        Many coaches of such sports at private clubs also coach at high schools, so athletes would have to choose between their club and their school teams. Based on the number of athletes involved, swimming would have been the sport most affected.

        “It would have destroyed the whole infrastructure of Ohio swimming,” said Jim Brower, St.Xavier's head coach and a Cincinnati Marlins assistant.

        Creamer was influential in persuading the other six Board of Control members to revert to the old rule.

        “We came under a strong lobby in Southwestern Ohio,” Creamer said. “The more I got thinking, it didn't make a lot of sense. In these sports, many of the coaches don't come from within the school, and require an expertise in these sports.”

        COLLEGE RECRUITING: Chelsea Homan, the 1999 Division I state cross country champion from Anderson, has accepted an athletic grant-in-aid from the University of Michigan.

        Rob Kauscher, the 2001 state swimming champion in the 100 breaststroke, will continue his career at Ohio State.

        Anderson soccer standout Gina Siedentopf has signed with Ohio University.

        LOCAL LEADERS: Lakota West junior Tara Swift and Milford junior James Taylor have been selected to attend the National Federation of State High School Association's National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis.

        The “2001 — Leading Together” event is a three-day leadership conference for 800 student leaders who participate in athletics and fine arts programs.

        Swift and Taylor are two of 16 Ohio students selected to attend.

        BRYANT HONORED: Dr. David Bryant, the team physician for Lakota East and Lakota the past 28 years, is the recipient of the Outstanding Team Physician Award for the 2000-01 school year.

        Cincinnati-area officials Bill Smith and Roy Sloneker will be inducted into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame May 5 in Columbus.

        Smith has officiated football, basketball and baseball the past 45 years; Sloneker started his career during the 1953-54 season.Both remain active.

        CLASSIFIEDS: Mother of Mercy is looking for a head varsity soccer coach to replace Mike Roth, who retired.

        An assistant soccer coach also is needed. Send resumes to Mary Jo Huismann, Mother of Mercy High School, 3026 Werk Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45211.

        Kings has varsity girls tennis and varsity girls volleyball openings. Send resumes to Gregg Darbyshire, Kings High School, 5500 Columbia Rd., Kings Mills, OH 45034; or fax them to 459-2938.

        McNicholas needs a head girls golf coach. Call Dave Boettger at 231-3500, ext 141.

        CALL IN STATS: The Enquirer will accept softball and baseball statistics from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at 768-8444, 768-8447 or 768-8452.

        Also, nominations for Performers of the Week will be accepted from 11a.m. to 4p.m.

        Tennis coaches should call Adam Wolter today at 272-4602 (voice mail) to vote in the top-10 poll and report records of top players.

        Boys and girls track coaches should send honor roll nominations to Brian Crumbo via e-mail at or call 939-1793 from noon to 6p.m.



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