The last two times the boys basketball coaching position came open at Ready High School, a veteran came in for what turned out to be a short tenure.
Contrastly, the newest hire by the program, Dan DeCrane, will be a head coach for the first time and is hoping to stick around for several years.
DeCrane, a 2003 Akron Hoban graduate who has served as an assistant boys basketball coach at Hartley the last three seasons, was chosen as coach May 19 and met with the expected returning members of the program two days later.
“I think they want somebody who wants to work with the feeder school students and wants to be a Silver Knight,” DeCrane said. “There’s a tradition for winning and I want it to be a long-term situation. I’m ready to embrace the tradition.”
DeCrane replaces Don Worstell, who led the Knights to two Division III state semifinal appearances and a 69-54 mark in five seasons as coach. He stepped down in April to take over at Marion Harding after leading Ready to a 21-6 mark and a state semifinal berth this winter.
Worstell had coached at Marion Elgin, North Union and Franklin Heights before taking over for Andy Clark, who headed the program from 2006-09.
Clark previously had coached at Gahanna, Jonathan Alder and Worthington Kilbourne before his three-year tenure at Ready.
DeCrane also previously assisted for one year apiece at Hoban, Lakewood St. Edward and Akron East before joining the coaching staff at Hartley.
He was Hartley’s boys golf coach last fall as well but is planning to help start the first girls golf team this fall at Ready.
“He is a Catholic school guy that understands how our feeder school system works,” athletics director Mike Rossetti said. “We believe he will carry on the outstanding tradition that we have here at Bishop Ready. His CCL experience is something that will help the transition be a smooth one.
“He is energetic, hard-working and someone who has and will embrace everything about the Bishop Ready family.”