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OHA finalizes coaching staff

May 20, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Oak Hill Academy is reshuffling its coaches in preparation of girls basketball coach and athletic director Stan Hughey’s departure from the school.
Brian Middleton, who previously coached boys basketball, will begin coaching boys and girls varsity teams, according to OHA Headmaster Yandell Harris.
Harris said OHA originally wanted to find a new girls basketball coach to replace Hughey, but during the search it became apparent that Middleton wanted to take over coaching girls in addition to boys.
“He sat in with me through all the interviews and came to me and said he really wanted to do it,” Harris said. “He came in and said he can win with them right now and there won’t be any process of getting to know the girls.”
Middleton, who has coached and taught history at OHA for six years, said he thought it would be best for the entire program if he handled both varsity teams.
“I just want to continue the tradition set up before us and build on it,” Middleton said. “Coach Hughey did a great job with these girls and I want to keep it at that level, if not a step higher.”
He said coaching both varsity groups would be an adjustment, but he had coached girls before and worked closely with Hughey during his time at OHA.
“I think I’ve been around the girls enough to know their personalities and how to motivate them and push them,” he said. “I told them not to have any preconceived notions and come in ready to work.”
Rob Barron, of Columbus, will come in to coach the junior high and sixth- and seventh-grade teams, according to Harris.
“Brian put me in touch with him,” Harris said. “Rob is a hard working guy with a lot of energy, and he’s ready to get in the gym and start to work.”

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