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Greg Richards Retires as Mason Head Boys Basketball Coach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 25, 2022


The Mason Boys Basketball program will make its first head coaching change in 27 years this coming season.  The Comet’s Hall of Fame coach, Greg Richards, announced he was stepping down after a storied career on the Mason hardwood.  Below is a brief history and recap of Coach Richard’s legendary career at Mason:

·      Graduated from Mason High School in 1977, where he earned 8 varsity letters in baseball, basketball, and football.  As a senior right-hander for baseball coach Ken Gray, Richards was 15-1 and led Mason to the Class AA regional finals. 

·      Played baseball and football at Wilmington College for one year, transferred to play baseball at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee for his sophomore year, and finished up his collegiate baseball career at Austin Peay.

·      Pitched three seasons in the Montreal Expos organization.

·      Taught 2-years at Clinton-Massie High School, where he was the head baseball coach and JV basketball coach.

·      Returned to Mason in 1988-89 as a teacher and assistant coach for baseball, football, basketball, and at one time, the Middle School Athletic Director.

·      Became the Mason Varsity head basketball coach in the 1995-96 season, succeeding his former coach, Gary Popplewell. 

·      Inducted into the Mason Hall of Fame in 2002 for his high school playing career.

·      As a member of the FAVC, his Comet teams won three straight league Championships from 2005-2007.  Richards was named the FAVC Coach of the Year for each of those seasons. 

·      Recognized with the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award in 2011. 

·      Under Richard’s leadership, Mason won the school’s first GMC title in the 2014-15 season (co-champs with East) and was named the GMC Coach of the Year.

·      Announced his retirement from public education following the 2014-15 school year but continued to coach the Comets.

·      His team won back-to-back titles in the 2015-16 season, going undefeated (16-0) in the GMC.  Richards was once again named the league Coach of the Year.  

·      The 2015-16 season was record-breaking as the Comets won 22 consecutive games (school record). 

·      Won the program’s first Division 1 District Title in 2017, accumulating an overall record of 63-7 over a 3-year span (2015, 2016, 2017).

·      Reached his 350th career win plateau on Friday, January 11, 2019.

·      Announced his retirement from coaching on Friday, July 15, 2022, concluding his career with 399 wins.
 

During his tenure at Mason, Richards built hundreds of relationships with his players and assistant coaches, which have played a prominent role in his life.  In addition, Richards had seven assistants go on to head coaching careers.  This includes current Mason girls coach Rob Matula and head baseball coach Curt Bly who also spent some time on the Mason bench with Richards.

CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Richards, and THANK YOU for your sacrifices and successes in the lives of students and athletes at Mason High School!

Mason Selects Toohey As Head Boys Basketball Coach

The Mason Athletic Department announced today that Adam Toohey will become their next varsity basketball head coach, pending board approval.  Toohey has been the Tippecanoe High School varsity boys head coach for the past 5 seasons (since April 2017). 
 
He led the Red Devils to MVL (Miami Valley League) titles in 2020, 2021, and 2022.  Under his leadership, Tippecanoe won a Division 2 District title in 2020 with a 21-2 record and a #4 ranking in the state (D2). 

“Our family is thankful for our time in Tipp City; we love the folks in that town,” said Toohey.  “We are excited to return to Mason, and I’m thrilled to have a chance to lead this special program!”

Toohey earned District 9 Coach of the Year honors twice while at Tippecanoe.  His resume includes assistant basketball coaching stints at Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy (5/14-4/17) and Monroe High School (5/10-5/12). 

Adam will be a familiar face, as he was part of the staff at Mason High School for several years as an intervention specialist, a role he will resume upon his return.  His wife Anne was also previously on staff at Mason and will be a career specialist at Scarlet Oaks this fall.  They have two children, JJ (5) and Jack (4). 
 
WELCOME TO MASON TOOHEY FAMILY...BEST OF LUCK!
GO COMETS!

East Selects Jill Meiring To Lead Thunderhawk Athletics

 
Jill Meiring-Lakota East Athletic Director

For Immediate Release

(From the desk of Lakota East SID - Dan Hilen)

July 14, 2022

Lakota East High School has named Jill Meiring to succeed Richard Bryant as their new athletic director.  Meiring becomes the school's 4th athletic director for the Thunderhawks when Lakota split into two high schools in 1997-98.  Meiring becomes the third female high school athletic director in Lakota School District history. 

Meiring, the Lakota East assistant athletic director the past five years, succeeds Bryant who accepted the Loveland High School Director of Student Athletics. She acknowledges and is grateful for Bryant’s outstanding leadership within the athletic department and the recommendation for the new opportunity. 

“I’m super excited to take over and keep leading the student-athletes,” Meiring said.

Prior to Lakota East, Meiring was an assistant athletic director for three years at St. Ursula Academy where she also coached basketball.  Previously, Meiring has also taught physical education and coached basketball at Hamilton High School.

Lakota East has had numerous accomplishments within its athletic department in recent years. The Thunderhawks have had an individual or team state champion every year since 2014.

Bryant served as East's Athletic Director and assistant principal since 2009 (13 years) when he succeeded Jim Rouff. Bryant was named the OIAAA Athletic Director of the Year in November of 2021.  He will begin his new position at Loveland on August 1st.  

In addition to Meiring's hiring, John Mason has been named as the department's assistant AD.  Mason was on the teaching faculty at East and also an assistant varsity baseball coach.  


Princeton Selects 16th Hall of Fame Class

The Princeton Athletics Hall of Fame Committee and Athletic Department are pleased to announce the inductees of the 16th Class into the Athletics Hall of Fame.

The individual inductees include; Natalie Gaenge ('84), Ariana Wilson ('97), Gary Nagel ('80), and Shaun Moss ('90).

In addition, the Committee is thrilled to induct two state championship teams, the 1981 Boys Water Polo Team, and the 1989 Girls Track Team.

This year's inductee class also includes Ron Carpenter ('88) (Distinguished Alumni), Dan Moody (Coach), Nancy Roy (Lifetime Achievement Award), and Pat Walden (Lifetime Achievement Award).

The Hall of Fame celebration will kick-off during halftime of the Middletown vs. Princeton Varsity Football Game, and will conclude with the inductees ceremony on Saturday, October 8th. Further details of this event will be forthcoming.