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Albright steps down as DeSales coach

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Blair Albright resigned last week as DeSales High School boys basketball coach after eight seasons to take over at Kettering Fairmont.

Albright, who was 156-60 overall and 60-22 in the CCL, replaces Hank Bias, who resigned after 13 seasons. He was expected to be approved by the Kettering school board at a June 11 meeting.

Fairmont had hired Fairfield athletics director Mark Harden in May, but he reversed his decision days after accepting the job because of family concerns, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Albright coached the Stallions to five consecutive CCL championships from 2005-06 to 2009-10 and Division II state tournament appearances in 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2008-09. This past season, DeSales went 13-12 overall and 1-7 in the league, losing to Marion-Franklin 56-34 in a Division II district final.

“I’m really excited to have coach Albright on board,” Fairmont athletics director Chris Weaver said in a press release. “Blair has a vast knowledge and incredible commitment to the game of basketball and I believe his desire to succeed, on and off the court, is a great fit for the Firebird boys basketball program.”

Applicants should submit a resume to DeSales athletics director Tom Neubert at tneubert@cdeducation.org by June 15.

Feltz named girls volleyball coach

Also, boys volleyball coach Andy Feltz was introduced May 30 as girls volleyball coach, replacing Kelly Morgan.

Feltz, the only coach in the boys program’s five-year history, guided the Stallions to a 21-4 record and their first state tournament berth this season. DeSales, which also went 4-0 in the CCL, lost to Middletown Fenwick 25-22, 25-10, 25-20 in a Division II state semifinal May 25 at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.

Morgan was 81-25 overall and 20-14 in the CCL in four seasons. The Stallions were 26-3 last year and advanced to their first state tournament since 2004, losing to eventual state champion Cleveland Heights Beaumont 25-19, 25-14, 17-25, 25-14 in a state semifinal. DeSales, which was seeking its first state title since 1982, also went 7-1 in the CCL to win its first league championship since 2004.

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