Willard basketball program as a player. He hopes to leave his stamp as
the head coach. A 1980 Willard graduate, Hirschy was named the boys basketball
coach Monday night. He is the program's 29th head coach dating to 1912
and replaces Greg Nossaman, who resigned last month to take the head
coaching job at Olentangy Liberty in suburban Columbus.
WILLARD – Dave Hirschy never had the chance to put his fingerprint on the Willard basketball program as a player. He hopes to leave his stamp as the head coach.
A 1980 Willard graduate, Hirschy was named the boys basketball coach Monday night. He is the program's 29th head coach dating to 1912 and replaces Greg Nossaman, who resigned last month to take the head coaching job at Olentangy Liberty in suburban Columbus.
“I played up until my sophomore year and then I was put on waivers my junior year,” Hirschy said of his abbreviated playing career for legendary coach Bob Haas. “We had some terrific players. There was no room for average players.
“Coach Haas was very good to me, though. He let me do a little scouting for him.”
That humble introduction led Hirschy to a career in coaching. His résumé includes head coaching stints at Plymouth and Bucyrus. He was an assistant at Norwalk and has served as an assistant at Wynford since 2000, first for coaching great Rob Sheldon and, for the past five seasons, Tim Ehresman.
“I kind of thought this day was inevitable,” Ehresman said. “I'm disappointed to see Dave go, but I'm happy for him to get this opportunity.
“Dave has paid his dues and he is just now getting the credit he deserves. The coaching circle has always known what Dave can do.”
Hirschy inherits one of north central Ohio's most tradition-rich programs. Willard is one of about 40 schools in Ohio with at least 1,000 victories. The Flashes won 69 consecutive regular season games between 1979 and 1982 and qualified for the state tournament in 1980, 1982, 1984 and 2001.
“I live in Willard and I'm familiar with the community, the players and the tradition,” Hirschy said. “There is a little more pressure going to a place with so much tradition, but, as coaches, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve.
“Expectations are high at Willard, but they are high at Wynford, too. The communities are very similar.”
With Ehresman and Hirschy on the bench, the Royals have won three consecutive district championships. Leaving won't be easy.
“I have mixed emotions about leaving,” Hirschy said. “These last eight years have been great. Tim and I have worked so closely the last five years.”
Ehresman said Hirschy's departure will create a void he cannot fill.
“You don't replace a Dave Hirschy. You just hope to find someone who can fill in,” Ehresman said. “There is probably more he has known about basketball and forgotten than a lot of us will ever know.
“He always brought a fresh approach.”
Hirschy hopes to do the same at his alma mater.
“I've been coaching for 24 years and Willard is kind of where I got my start,” Hirschy said. “I've kind of come full circle.”