The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


July 22, 2013

A Don McCormack column: Turnover aplenty in boys hoops


The new guys

Interestingly, of the new head coaches, four of them — at least — will be making their debuts as varsity boys basketball head coaches next season in Vespa, Brumit, French and Shontz.

The position at Lakeside just came open last week when Taylor resigned after one season at the helm of the Dragons and the district is still accepting applications for the position.

Biggest name

The one known exception to that is Hall, and all he is is a member of the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame.

The man whose son, Jon, is also a member of the ACBF Hall of Fame, will be making his second tour of duty as head coach of the St. John boys in the 2013-14 campaign.

Polar opposite

On the other end of the spectrum is Ashtabula County girls basketball.

At least at this point, all eight head coaches from the 2012-13 season will be back for the 2013-14 campaign:

  • Conneaut — Tony Pasanen.
  • Edgewood — Dave McCoy.
  • Grand Valley — Kim Triskett.
  • Geneva — Nancy Barbo.
  • Jefferson — Rod Holmes.
  • Lakeside — Dave Malone.
  • Pymatuning Valley — Jeff Compan.
  • St. John — Nick Iarocci.


All of which means this — Tim Tallbacka has a new qualifier to go along with his name.

The Dean of Ashtabula County Boys Basketball Coaches.

“Wow, who would have ever thought that would be the case?” he said through a hearty laugh. “At age 43, no less!”

Which hit home with Bowler, of course.

“I coached against Tim Tallbacka when he was a fine player at Harbor and I was coaching at St. John,” he said, also laughing. “Boy, you’re right... things have certainly changed.”

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at

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