BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath football coach Bill Garland has resigned.
“I have decided to step down as the head football coach at Bath High School,” Garland said in a news release. “I would like to thank the Bath administration and school board for giving me the opportunity to be the head football coach over the past five seasons. I would also like to thank my coaches and players for their commitment to making Bath football the best it could be. I’ve been a part of bath football for 33 years and look forward to continuing to be a part of the football program in a supportive role.”
“On behalf of the Bath School District I would like to thank Coach Garland for his dedication and commitment to Bath Schools and the Bath football program,” Bath Athletic Director Todd Fleharty said in the same news release. “For 33 years Coach Garland has been a positive role model for our student athletes. and I am sure he will continue that support in a different role.”
A 1982 Bath graduate, Garland started his coaching career with five years coaching the Bath junior high. He then coached on the Bath varsity for one season. He then coached under Jeff Mauk at Leipsic for two years.
Garland then returned to Bath and coached the Wildcats’ varsity squad for 22 years. Most of that time was spent coaching the Bath offensive line.
The Wildcats were 19-31 overall and 16-29 in the Western Buckeye League during his tenure as the varsity head coach. His best season was 2015 when Bath went 7-3 (6-3 WBL). The Wildcats were 1-9 (0-9 WBL) in 2017.
Elida quarterback Isaac McAdams (offensive back of the year), St. Marys tackle Garret Lauth (offensive lineman of the year) Celina linebacker Kole Murlin (defensive back of the Year), St. Marys interior lineman Reed Aller and Elida’s Noah Adcock (kicking specialist of the year) received top honors.
Those joining McAdams and Lauth on the first team offense included flex Jaron Sharp (Kenton), guards Tyler Miller (St. Marys) and Seth Huston (Celina), tackle Tyler Jenkins (Wapakoneta), center Mitch Seewer (St. Marys), running backs Daniel Beemer (Ottawa-Glandorf) and Sean Perry (St. Marys), tight end Drew Bagley (Van Wert) and wide receivers Richie Knowlton (Ottawa-Glandorf) and Cole Harmon (Elida).
Joining Murlin and Aller on the first team defense were backs Sean Perry (St. Marys), Dillon Hoying (Celina) and Mitchel Apple (Wapakoneta) ends Bo Kuenning (St. Marys) and Mike Purdy (Elida), flexAustin Giesige (St. Marys), interior linemen Bret Llewellyn (Ottawa-Glandorf) and Dan Tullis (Elida) and linebackers Jackson Harris (St. Marys), Shawn Conover (Kenton) and Kole Murlin (Celina)
Toledo 72, ONU 62
TOLEDO — Ohio Northern early pulled off the upset before falling 72-62 in an exhibition game against NCAA Division I foe Toledo at Savage Arena.
The Rockets improve to 2-0 on the season. The game counts as an exhibition contest for the Polar Bears because the official season starting date for NCAA Division III schools is Nov. 15.
Nate Burger poured in 23 points and Ryan Bruns (Marion Local) had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead ONU.
BLUFFTON—Bluffton University has named Amanda DeMoine as its head coach.
DeMoine has seven years of experience coaching in the NCAA, plus an additional four years of playing experience at Salisbury University, a top Division III program. During spring 2017, she served as an assistant coach at Coppin State University (Baltimore, Md.). Prior to that, she was an assistant coach at Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pa.) for the 2015-16 season and an assistant coach at Stevenson University (Owings Mills, Md.) from 2011-2015. She will join Bluffton’s coaching staff in December.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and beyond excited to be able to work with the student-athletes, administrators, and staff here at Bluffton,” DeMoine said in a news release. “I hope to develop this program beyond being a leader in the conference, while also continuing the longstanding tradition of helping these women develop into great human beings. I especially want to thank Phill Talavinia for his support and I cannot wait to get started.”
DeMoine is taking over for Marissa Rush who served as the softball coach for two years.
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