Varsity Girls Basketball gets new head coach

By Kathy Young - Smoke Signals Staff Writer

PIQUA — Previous freshman boys coach at Piqua High School, Jon Dolph, recently accepted the head coaching position for the girls’ team. Dolph has been a physical education teacher at PHS for three years.

For the past two years, Dolph has coached football and track in addition to basketball, but this year has decided to dedicate his time to focus on football and basketball. He has no intention at this time to work at a higher level. He said, “Having had experience at the college level, I can say I enjoy teaching and coaching at the high school level because of the opportunities and flexibility it provides.”

Before Dolph began at Piqua, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Central Michigan University, University of Cincinnati, and University of Dayton. Dolph stated that he decided to become girls head coach because, “The opportunity to become a head basketball coach at PHS was a goal of mine, and when the opening occurred, I jumped at the chance.” He enjoys coaching basketball because it’s an uncomplicated sport available for one to play almost anywhere.

Dolph stated the only difference between coaching girls and boys is the location of the locker room, and he will continue to work hard and push his team to exceed the expectations set. His goal for this season is to, “…close out the GWOC Conference as GWOC North Champion.”

By Kathy Young

Smoke Signals Staff Writer