Southwest Ohio Huddle: Big name volleyball coaches continue to exit posts


Southwest Ohio Huddle

Some of the biggest coaching names in girls’ volleyball will be missing when the season starts next fall. Roger Bacon coach Caryl Schawe is the latest to step down (leaving to become new athletic director at McAuley). She joins Mount Notre Dame’s Donna
Mechley and Seton’s Kerry Butkovich as some of the top names in the
Cincinnati-area to step down from coaching. Each has won a state title
at their respective school.

Some of the biggest coaching names in girls’ volleyball will be missing when the season starts next fall.

St. Bernard Roger Bacon coach Caryl Schawe is the latest to step down – as she left to become the new athletic director at McAuley starting next school year. Schawe, who coached 30 years between Roger Bacon and its sister school Our Lady of the Angels – led the Spartans to three state titles this decade.

Schawe joins Mount Notre Dame’s Donna Mechley and Seton’s Kerry Butkovich as some of the top names in the Cincinnati-area to step down from coaching. Each has won a state title at their respective school.

Although Schawe said she never thought she would leave, the opportunity to go into athletic administration was too difficult to pass up.

Schawe has a 579-184 coaching record in 30 years at Roger Bacon and the former sister school, Our Lady of the Angels. OLA merged with Roger Bacon in the early 1980s.

Roger Bacon athletic director Joe Corcoran Corcoran said Schawe will leave a significant legacy behind – setting a high standard for the student-athletes at the school.

“People relate to Roger Bacon as the school (whose basketball team) beat LeBron James,” Corcoran said. “On the girls’ side, in the area, the state and even nationally in talking to some coaches they know what Roger Bacon means in women’s volleyball. She just set the pattern (for success).”

Schawe, who is fifth among volleyball coaches on the all-time wins list in Ohio, led Roger Bacon to Division II state titles in 2002, ’04 and ’05. The 2005 team went undefeated (29-0) and was ranked No..3 nationally finished with a No..3 national ranking by

“I never thought I would leave Roger Bacon, but this opportunity came about and I just felt like it’s a fantastic opportunity for me,” said Schawe. “I’m excited about the new challenges.”

There will be plenty of new challenges for the Cincinnati Anderson football team this fall. The Redskins, who were the Division II state champions in 2007 and state runner-up in ’08, were recently moved back to Division I for the next two seasons due to enrollment.

The OHSAA released its divisional breakdowns last Thursday. Anderson officials knew it would be a close call, but the Redskins are moving back to the bigger division.

“We have been D-I for many years so we know the challenges that we face having to compete with schools who are larger than us,” Anderson coach Jeff Giesting said. “I think we are now the smallest D-1 school in Region 4.  The benefit to our program, in being in the toughest region in the state, is that our players will have to be ready to compete at the highest level possible if we make the playoffs.“


Lauren Collier, softball, Kings Mills Kings: The junior pitcher leads the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in wins and is also one of the top offensive leaders with six home runs. Collier struck out 10 batters to improve to 15-7 as Kings defeated Wilmington 7-0 on Friday. Collier went 3-for-4 with a triple as the Knights won their third consecutive FAVC Cardinal division title last week. Collier, who was a first-team all-league selection last season, is hitting .405 with six home runs, nine doubles, a triple, 15 RBI and four stolen bases this season. Kings (17-7, 8-2) plays its first Division I sectional game on Wednesday against either Seton or Princeton.


Reading baseball team: The Blue Devils are in a good position to capture their first Cincinnati Hills League since the 1992-93 season. Reading (17-3, 10-2), which is ranked No. 12 in the Division IV state coaches’ poll, plays host to Taylor on Wednesday and Mariemont on Friday. Reading, which has won two consecutive games going into the start of this week, is led by pitchers Andrew Lacinak and Chris Basler. Lacinak has 43 strikeouts and a 0.84 ERA. Basler is 5-0 with 34 strikeouts and a 1.81 ERA. Reading’s offensive leaders include senior outfielder Garrett Edwards, who is hitting a team-leading .431 with five home runs, five doubles, two triples, 25 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Edwards, who was Reading’s quarterback in the fall, has signed to play baseball and football at Wittenberg. Jake Overbeck (.370 average), Ben Getz (.356) and Tyler Bessey (.339) are among the other leaders for the Blue Devils, which start their sectional tournament this week.


Davis commits to LSU: Cincinnati Princeton junior P/OF Marcus Davis has orally committed to play baseball at LSU. Davis, who was the Vikings’ starting point guard on the basketball team last winter, is considered one of the nation’s top recruits in the 2010 class for baseball. Princeton coach Rocky Hubbard has said Davis could be selected in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. Davis was leading the Greater Miami Conference last week with a .543 batting average.

Kent State offers Galvin:
Archbishop Moeller junior LB Nick Galvin (6-1, 220) has been offered by Kent State. It is Galvin’s second offer. He also has an offer from East Carolina. He had 9.5 sacks and was first-team all-GCL South division last season.

Ball State offers Schneider:
Archbishop Moeller junior TE David Schneider (6-3, 245) has been offered by Ball State. He also has an offer from Toledo.

Batavia clinches title:
The Batavia baseball team won its 12th consecutive league title in baseball last week. Catcher J.D. Little (College of Mount St. Joseph) and shortstop Kris Hecktor (Marshall) are among the top players for Batavia this season. As of last week, the team was hitting .393.

Rod to Xavier:
Anderson senior baseball player Daniel Rod has committed to play at Xavier. Rod was the starting quarterback on the Redskins’ 2007 Division II state champion football team.

Edwards to the Big Ten:
Middletown senior forward Bill Edwards, a Division I first-team all-state player, signed with Penn State after he also considered Central Florida and Miami (Ohio).

Edwards averaged 17.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals for the Middies last season. He was one of the state’s best players still uncommitted from the 2009 class up until last week.

Gates commits to Sinclair:
Thurgood Marshall senior forward DeAngelo Gates has committed to play at Sinclair Community College.

Familiar face:
McNicholas girls’ basketball coach Tim Monahan has accepted the boys’ head coaching position at the school. Monahan coached the girls’ team last season.


GGCL track championships, today, 4:30 p.m.: The Girls Greater Cincinnati League will have the finals of its league track meet on Tuesday at the College of Mount St. Joseph on the west side of Cincinnati. St. Ursula and McAuley are favorites in the Scarlet division. McNicholas senior Cat Humphries is a name to watch in the 100 and 200 meters.

CMAC track championships, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.:
The Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference will hold its annual league meet at Taft’s Stargel Stadium in downtown Cincinnati. Watch for the Withrow girls’ 4×100 relay team. They’ve already set a state record this season.

GMC track meet, Wednesday, 4 p.m.:
The Greater Miami Conference starts its track meet on Wednesday with the finals starting at 4 p.m. on Friday. Both competitions are at Fairfield. Look for Mason’s Zach Wills to have another strong performance in the distance events. Middletown senior Deejay Hunter is leading the GMC with a time of 10.5 in the 100 dash. On the girls’ side, Oak Hills senior Brooklyne Ridder (Penn State) is a strong favorite in the distance events. Princeton’s Claudia Saunders is a favorite in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Boys’ Division I tennis sectional tournament, Friday, 12:30 p.m.:
The semifinals and finals of the Division I sectional tournament will be at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. St. X is a heavy favorite to qualify several to district. Look for Lakota West senior Wyatt Lippert (Ohio State) to be very strong again. He was recently named the GMC player of the year.

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