COSHOCTON – Jeremy Ady has been part of successful programs throughout his playing days and as an assistant coach.
He will look to continue that success with the Coshocton boys basketball program as the new varsity head coach after being approved by the board of education during their monthly meeting on Thursday.
“I want to thank the administration and the community for this opportunity,” Ady said. “Growing up and playing for Dover, I always had respect for the Coshocton program and community. I’m grateful they are giving me my first head coaching job.”
Ady has been with the Redskins for five seasons — the past three as a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach and two seasons as the freshman coach. He also coached junior high basketball for two years at Dover.
Ady was an All-Ohio player under Dover basketball coach Bob Von Kaenel and helped the Tornadoes reach the state final four as a senior. He then became a four-year letterwinner for Muskingum University.
He led the Coshocton junior varsity to an 18-3 record a year ago and has three varsity letterwinners returning from a 13-10 team.
“(Coach Tom) Hilgenberg did a wonderful job and taught me a lot,” Ady said. “I came from somewhere that was successful. I also play with the kids in practice, and they see my energy and excitement. I hope that helps them to play hard and to have an excitement for the game.”
Coshocton athletic director Tim Fortney expects Ady’s knowledge to be an asset.
“We are very excited to have Jeremy Ady as our new head basketball coach,” Fortney said. “Over the past five years in our district, he has proven his knowledge of the game and his ability to teach the fundamentals of the game. I know that our kids will play hard for him. I expect our entire basketball program to move forward under Coach Ady’s leadership.”
The Coshocton Boys Basketball Boosters will have a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school cafeteria for parents and players to meet Ady.
There also will be a basketball camp for boys entering grades three through 10 from June 8-10 at the high school. Grades three to six will go from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each day, with grades seven to 10 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. afterward. Cost is $20.
Ady said he understands the importance of building the youth program, especially in an effort to increase participation.
“The numbers have been down, and it seems like we’re going through one of those cycles,” he said. “I want to get as many kids out as possible. My goal is to make the game enjoyable and fun, and I want them to enjoy the experience.”