GRANGER TWP. — Highland only needed to travel 11 miles south to find the 13th girls basketball coach in school history.
With the hope that the revolving door of coaches will finally stop spinning, the Hornets selected longtime Wadsworth boys and girls assistant Mike Moser, pending school board approval tonight.
The 35-year-old was hand-picked to replace Bernard Bolha, whose contract was not renewed after compiling a 24-25 record over two seasons, by former Copley boys coach and Highland Principal Dana Addis.
“I call him Coach Addis because he was coaching at Copley when I was playing at Wadsworth, but he talked to me about the position and it was something my wife (Ali) and I prayed about,” Moser said. “I thought it was a great opportunity and I didn’t want to pass it up.”
Moser, a 1997 Wadsworth graduate, spent last season as the Grizzlies’ eighth-grade boys coach. He took off the 2012-13 season due to the birth his fourth child, but spent the previous four years as junior varsity boys coach for Mike Schmeltzer Jr.
Moser began his girls coaching career at the freshman level under Scott Callaghan in 2004-05. He then continued that job with now-Wadsworth coach Andrew Booth.
A fan of legendary college coaches Dean Smith and John Wooden, Moser will take a wait-and-see approach before deciding on whether to implement the Grizzlies’ run-and-jump press.
“I would like to mix it up offensively and defensively, but I need to see what type of kids we have and mold our offense and defense to fit what’s going to best fit the kids,” said Moser, a physical education teacher at Wadsworth Middle School. “I want to put them into the best position possible for them to be successful on the court.”
Highland went 7-16 overall and 4-10 in the Suburban League last season and has been Medina County’s most unstable program in recent years. Moser will be its seventh coach since Mary Becker resigned following the 2005-06 season.
The Hornets, who are 102-160 (.389) since 2002, are slated to return All-Gazette power forward Marlee Profitt and fellow starters Kathleen Kirchner, Madison Less and Erica Peterlin.
“I feel as if I was called to this position for a reason,” Moser said. “I feel this is where God wants me at the time, and I’m going to follow his lead and do the best I can to make it right. I want to give the kids 100 percent of everything that I have and treat them the way they need to be treated.”
Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.