Morning Huddle: Parma athletic supervisor steps down


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White cites “too much that has to be done” as he relinquishes post, Canal Winchester’s soccer and football teams getting artificial turf, and a fabled basketball coach looks for a new home.

Not enough time: Preston White, Parma schools athletic supervisor has resigned after a year-and-a-half tenure in the part-time post. “There’s just too much that has to be done that I can’t seem to get done,” he told the Sun News. “It’s better for me to leave it.” That creates at least one new job in the Parma school district, and we have to admit that we’re impressed by White’s honesty.

Girls basketball coach resigns: Xenia basketball coach Jonathan Snyder has stepped down after a single season. Snyder took the Buccaneers to the D-I regional semifinals after putting together a 17-7 record. No word yet on why he’s stepping down. We do know, though, that you can submit your resume for the job through July 1.

What’s your favorite area prep venue? The Cincinnati Enquirer is putting together a list of the Top 10 prep sports venues in Cincy and Northern Kentucky. Weigh in to get your venue considered for the list. Reading the comments alone is entertaining. Here’s one from whodey3: “The funny things about the Pit is that anyone that went to Elder never really gets out of high school. They live their high school’s days forever.” Harsh words. Care to rebut?

Controversial coach looking for new home: Cincinnati coaching legend Jerry Doerger is “wide open for the upcoming season,” he says. “I feel like I have a few more years left in me and if someone is looking for an old coach that still has something left, I would certainly consider it.” After seven years at the head of Clermont Northeastern’s basketball program, Doerger was replaced when he got into an altercation with a student and the student’s father. Not good. What is good, though, is Doerger’s coaching record. He’s the currently 20th winningest varsity boys basketball caoch in Ohio.

Gambling with time? Wide receiver Devin Smith (Massillon/Washington) was offered a football scholarship by Ohio State over the weekend. Smith’s taking a week to think about it. That might not be a good idea since a source tells that Ohio State only has room for three wide receivers. If Smith waits too long, he might get beaten to the punch.

How much does artificial turf cost? About half a million dollars. Not chump change, but Canal Winchester managed to raise $540,000 to refurbish their stadium and replace the field’s grass with artificial turf. The school raised funds through community donations. We’ll have to wait until the fall to see if the turf has any positive effects for the football team.

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