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DeSales hires Bills as new coach


DeSales High School needed less than two weeks to find its new boys basketball coach.

Joe Bills accepted the job June 11, leaving Fisher Catholic after two seasons. Bills will succeed Blair Albright.

Bills, 32, was 20-25 in two seasons with the Irish. He was a four-year starter at Zanesville Rosecrans from 1995-99 and played at Wright State University from 1999-2003, then coached at Rosecrans from 2003-06. In both Bills’ playing and coaching days, Rosecrans was a member of the CCL, and the lure of returning to that league proved irresistible.

“Things were great (at Fisher Catholic), but this is a chance to come home,” Bills said. “There aren’t too many places in the state of Ohio with traditions and standards of excellence like DeSales.

“I’ve had a lot of success in the CCL. I know what it takes to walk into a place like Hartley or Watterson and come out with a win. I can’t wait to be a part of that league again.”

Albright, a 1997 DeSales graduate who resigned May 30, was 156-60 overall and 60-22 in the CCL in eight seasons. He led 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.

Bills said he will teach English at DeSales, effectively filling the position Albright vacated.