Egan works to build a winner at Marion Harding

Caught up with former Troy basketball coach Barry Egan this week and he informed us of his efforts at building a winner at Marion Harding.

Harding plays in the tough reformed Greater Buckeye Conference. Harding played in this league years ago and it has been formed once again. The teams in this league are: Findlay, Sandusky, Fremont Ross, Lima Senior, Napoleon as well as Marion Harding. Findlay, Sandusky and Lima Sr. all rank in the top twenty in the state for total amount of wins. 

Harding is a very large school with a supportive community where athletes are encouraged to play multiple sports.  Egan credits this to the "coaches in all sports working together."  Harding plays in a new facility that is very nice.  Egan knows about developing winning programs, he has done so at Danville, Indian Lake, and most recently at Troy.   He's hoping that "the fourth time is a charm."  I know that Egan misses the parents and players at Troy; he was there for nine years and won over 105 games.  Evidence of his ability to rebuild a program? Check this: before he took over at Troy they had only had two winning seasons in the past thirty years, Egan's teams went on a run of five straight winning seasons, one regional appearance, one district championship and one runner-up, two sectional titles and one league championship. They also finished second in the league three times.  The word out of Troy was that the administration wanted to go a different direction- I guess they wanted to lose!

Last year at Harding, Egan's squad was a disappointing 3-17.  They had a great many athletes but lacked the basic skills to succeed.  They have instituted a youth league run in cooperation with the Marion Recreation department. This is done for grades 3-6. They have three junior high teams that will be coming together next year to form a new middle school.  It will be one of the largest middle schools in the state of Ohio. This pool of athletes will allow Marion to lay a great foundation for future basketball teams. 

This year six letterman return: Jake Haines, a 5'10 point guard-all conference honorable mention last season, Marshall Starks a 6-3 forward, John Grimes a 6-3 post, Athan Laskaris a5-9 guard, Anthony Marsano, a 6-4 post, and Kevin McGinnes a 6-2 wing.   They also have newcomer Bobby Wilkins a 6-2 wing that will see a great deal of action, as well as Aaron Pitts a 6-3 wing, Tom Conley a 6-0 guard, Jeff Reese a 5-6 guard that improved a great deal this summer as well as Rafeal Twine a 5-8 guard. 

The team had a very good summer and Egan is expecting this group to be very much improved. Over the past 16 years Egan is 168-162.  Egan also reports that his young kids have really improved and most of them had very good AAU experiences over the spring.  Egan is one of the most highly visible high school coaches in AAU.  He coached Team Ohio along with Greg Mauk for five years and has recently helped coach The Cleveland Basketball Club this summer on the West coast.   Egan has been fortunate enough to coach over twenty division one basketball players including Jamar Butler, Matt Tewillinger, Brooks Hall (Ohio's Mr. Basketball), Lance Hargrove, Alex Carmona, Ivan Harris, and UC player John Meeker.  It won't take long for Egan to build a winner at Marion, and we wish him all the luck in the world! 

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