Fisher Catholic boys basketball coach Joe Bills has accepted the head coaching position at DeSales High School in Columbus, Bills confirmed Wednesday.
Bills, 32, coached the Irish for two seasons and had a 20-25 record. Bills said he told his former players Tuesday and was meeting with the DeSales players Wednesday night.
“It really happened fast,” Bills said. “It came out of nowhere.”
The DeSales job had only been open for a few weeks since former coach Blair Albright accepted the head coaching job at Kettering Fairmont High School near Dayton at the end of May. Albright was 156-60 at DeSales, which was 13-12 in 2012-13.
Bills knew Albright and the administration at DeSales, and the hiring process took only about two weeks. Bills, who has many family members living in Columbus, said it was a tough decision to leave but is excited about the possibilities at DeSales.
DeSales, which has three state tournament appearances since 2005, plays in the perennially tough Central Catholic League with Bishop Hartley, Bishop Ready and defending Division II state champion Bishop Watterson.
“I grew up in the Central Catholic League,” Bills said. “I have a deep emotional attachment to that league. It’s really a chance for me to go home.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity. It seems like it’s almost a down year when they don’t win a state championship in something.”
Bills was a standout at Bishop Rosecrans High School in Zanesville and played at Wright State University from 1999-2003
“The people at Fisher Catholic were amazing to me,” Bills said. “I want to thank (athletic director) Anthony Hurps, (president) Sean Kenney, (principal) Tiffany Wade and everybody at Fisher Catholic. I will never forget they were the first ones to give me the chance to be a head coach.”