Kevin Logsdon has announced that this will be his final season coaching the Hilliard Davidson High School boys basketball team because he wants to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.
Logsdon is hoping to end his 12-season tenure on a positive note after watching the Wildcats struggle to a 5-18 overall record last season. He has a 122-119 record at Davidson and compiled a 144-82 mark at Bellville Clear Fork from 1992-2002, guiding the Colts to the Division III state title in 2002.
"I've enjoyed my run here at Davidson and I want to go out with a great year," Logsdon said. "Nobody within our program was happy or satisfied with our record last season, so we're going to do our best to turn things around and have a season to remember."
The Wildcats have returned two starters have returned in 6-foot-6 junior post players Michael Simon and Nick Potts.
Simon averaged 13.5 points last season and was second-team all-OCC-Central Division and honorable mention all-district. Potts, who appeared in only 10 games because of an injured collarbone, was honorable mention all-league.
Other returning letterwinners are senior Josh Stimmel (6-0, wing player), juniors Jay Peterson (5-10, guard) and Jimmy Ratliff (6-6, wing player) and sophomore Jack Klein (5-10, point guard).
Rounding out the roster are juniors Ben Biddinger (6-1, wing player), Connor Livingston (6-1, wing player), Ziyad Rasul (5-10, guard) and Matt Waters (5-11, guard) and sophomores Max Huber (6-4, wing player), Matt Kinnaird (5-11, wing player) and Luke Mayer (6-5, post player).
"We went through years of having no big guys and, all of a sudden, we have more guys with size and length than we've ever had during my time here," Logsdon said. "Michael's a third-year starter and a good leader. Last year, (opponents) knew that if they could slow down Michael it would go a long way toward beating us. Now if (opponents) double or triple (team) Michael, we have other guys who can make them pay in the post and on the perimeter."
Davidson was scheduled to open Dec. 3 at home against Worthington Kilbourne and begin OCC-Central Division play Friday, Dec. 6, at home against Dublin Coffman, but both games were postponed because four of its players were on the football team, which lost to Cincinnati Moeller 13-11 in the Division I, Region 2 final Nov. 30 to fall one win shy of reaching the state final.
The Wildcats are scheduled to open with a league game Dec. 13 at Central Crossing.
"Our football team has not only made the playoffs but advanced past the first round of the playoffs in 10 of the 12 years I've been here, so we're used to starting our season late," Logsdon said. "I certainly don't begrudge the success of our football team, but we usually miss out on about five to six weeks of practice time each year and that's time you never really get back or catch up on. But our team is better off with those guys, so we'll wait for them and be happy to have them when they're ready to play for us."
The Wildcats are looking to move up in the OCC-Central standings and make a run in the Division I district tournament this season.
Last season, Davidson went 2-12 in the league to finish seventh behind champion Olentangy Liberty (13-1) and, as the 33rd seed, lost to 16th-seeded Grove City 77-51 in the first round of the tournament.
"Last year was kind of disappointing for us, so we're looking to improve on everything we did," Simon said. "We have players who can make outside shots, which we didn't really have last year, and we have a lot of guys who are tall and lanky playing in the post.
"I think we can match up well with the teams in our (league) this year because most of them lost a lot of their better players and a lot of our guys have improved. I think we have a good shot at making some noise in the tournament, too."