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20 Years ago a New Coach was Named
Monday, July 17, 2000 12:00:00 AM - Monroe Ohio
Jim Sherard always had a big goal in mind. He always wanted to go back to Monroe High as coach of the boys‘ basketball team. Sherard, who played for the Hornets during his high school days before moving on to Wilmington College, did make it back to Monroe as coach in several minor sports and for the last four years has been head coach of the girls‘ team. Today, however, he will achieve his big goal. The school board will be approving his selection as head coach of the boy‘s basketball squad. He‘ll be replacing Jesse Mayabb, who decided not to return next year as coach‘ cutting his second term short after one season. Sherard won the Monroe job over some 20 applicants. Superintendent Paul Kuhn said the final three were interviewed by the selection committee which included Lewis Hill, Gene Best, Ebie Banks and Fred Sennet, as well as the superintendent. Best is Monroe principal, while Hill is in charge of the school system‘s personnel, and Banks and Sennet are school board members. The selection of Shepard completes the Monroe Head coaching staff for the boys. Jerry Harkrader, who had coached football at Fenwick High for 23 years, was named Hornet coach last month replacing Gene Rice, who retired. However, with the selection of Sherard, who had been teaching at Middletown High but will switch to Monroe‘s physical education program, the Hornets will be after a girl‘s basketball coach. Sherard , who has been in the Middletown system for seven years, has at various times coached track and cross country at Monroe, and has also been assistant baseball coach. Prior to taking over the girl‘s basketball job at Monroe, he served as an assistant under Paul Walker at Middletown High for three years. Last year at this time Sherard was giving thought to retiring from teaching to enter pari-medic. field in Dayton. However, he decided to remain in the local school system. Sherard will have a major rebuilding job to do with the Hornets since Mayabb‘s squad last year won only six and lost 15. The Hornets won only one game in the Mid-Miami Conference and were knocked out of the sectional tournament in their first game by the Middletown Middies.
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