September 23, 2014

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Girls basketball: John McDermott new North Olmsted coach

 John McDermott

John McDermott

NORTH OLMSTED — There will be a new voice in charge of the North Olmsted girls basketball team next season.

On May 19, longtime area coach John McDermott is expected to be approved by the North Olmsted school board as the Eagles’ new head coach. McDermott replaces Cheryl Bansek, who was at North Olmsted the past three seasons.

“John has worked in our district as an assistant on the boys team under Jason Frolo,” North Olmsted athletic director Mike Ptacek said. “He comes highly recommended by the varsity coaches he’s worked under.

“When you talk about any kind of change, it doesn’t matter what the sport is, you hope the person can come in and breathe some fresh air into the program. We appreciate everything that Cheryl did for the program with all of her hard work and dedication, but it was time for a new voice.”

McDermott has held a number of coaching positions over the years. When not on the sidelines, he stayed close to the game working as a sports stringer for The Chronicle-Telegram.

McDermott played basketball at Tiffin University and went right into coaching upon graduation, taking over as the head coach at Lake Ridge Academy.

From there, he’s been head coach at Lorain County Community College and also had coaching stops at Amherst, Avon Lake, Brookside, Southview, Columbia, Elyria Catholic and even had a previous stint with North Olmsted. He was also softball coach at Brookside.

“My friends laugh at me all the time about having T-shirts from all of the schools that I’ve coached at,” McDermott said.

“Until this position came open, I never went after a particular job. I always ended up helping out friends as an assistant coach. Jason (Frolo) really wanted me to come to Bay when he was there but it just didn’t work out. When he got the job here at North Olmsted, he called me again and I was glad to come to a great school.”

The boys and girls basketball tams at North Olmsted were extremely young last season, a fact that wasn’t lost on McDermott when he was offered the job last Tuesday.

“We have some seniors who I will lean on during the season, but we have a young team that is very eager to come in every day and work hard to get better,” McDermott said.

“Both programs mirror each other with some older players that can show their leadership skills. This is a very exciting and excitable group of girls.”

Bansek, the former Lorain Admiral King coach, resigned after going 23-45 in the regular season and 10-30 mark in the Southwestern Conference.

“I’m a different personality than what they’re used to, so I think it will be a good change for them and it’s a change for me,” McDermott said. “I’m going to hate not being around that group of boys, but I’m very excited to be in charge for a change.”

Contact James Brady at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

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