All-Time ThisWeek Basketball Team

Impressive group topped by Howard

Week 5: Boys Coaches

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Among the boys coaches on the "All-Time ThisWeek Basketball Team," three who made the top 10 and five who made honorable mention had tenures of 20 years or longer.

Despite having a much shorter career than many who made the list, no one had more of an impact on central Ohio high school boys basketball than the man ranked No. 1.

By the time Bruce Howard's tenure ended prematurely in 2003, Brookhaven was at its peak of a run of success that had seen it reach three consecutive Division I state tournaments.

Howard, who transformed the Bearcats from one of the City League's better programs to central Ohio's best, first was hospitalized in late January 2003 and died three months later of liver failure.

"He had both feet in," former Beechcroft, Reynoldsburg and Northland coach Satch Sullinger said. "He never even went to a concert or anything until he got married. You don't see anybody as dedicated as he was."

To determine the rankings, the ThisWeek staff considered everything from postseason success to longevity to the stage on which each coach amassed his accomplishments.

We also included only what each coach has achieved since 1990.

With some of the coaches honored, what they accomplished within the Central District but outside of ThisWeek's coverage area also was included.

1. Bruce Howard, Brookhaven (1993-2003)

During Howard's 11-year tenure, the Bearcats went 186-51 and won 10 City League-North Division championships and four City titles.

The Bearcats won district titles in 1998 and each year from 2000-03, and captured the 2002 state championship. In 2003, with assistant Drew Williams serving as interim coach, Brookhaven earned a state runner-up finish.

The Bearcats also were state semifinalists in 2001.

Future college players such as Drew Lavender (Oklahoma, Xavier), Jamelle Cornley (Penn State) and Ron Lewis (Bowling Green, Ohio State) were molded under Howard.

"The number of kids we put in college was just mind-boggling," said Williams, who was the state's Division II co-Coach of the Year last season at Whitehall.

2. Vince Lombardo, Marion Catholic (1990-93), Watterson (1994-present)

Known more for having well-rounded teams than for having stars, Lombardo has seven Division II district championships and a 305-186 record since his tenure at Watterson began in 1993-94.

Lombardo guided a junior-heavy team to the program's first state championship in 2013 and led many of the same players to a state runner-up finish last winter.

The Eagles also earned regional runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2009.

3. Satch Sullinger, Beechcroft (1991-94), Reynoldsburg (1995-97), Northland (2001-11)

Sullinger, whose given first name is James, coached at the middle school level in Columbus before getting an opportunity to rebuild a struggling team at Beechcroft in 1991. By his final season, the Cougars were City-North champions.

After three-year tenures at Reynoldsburg and Oberlin College, Sullinger returned to the City for the 2000-01 season and built Northland into a state powerhouse.

In 2007, the Vikings ended Brookhaven's 12-year hold of the City-North title and won their first of four district titles in five seasons.

Northland won the Division I state title in 2009 and was the state runner-up in 2011.

4. Ray Slagle, Worthington Christian (1991-2000)

The architect of the area's premier Division IV program of the 1990s -- and possibly its most exciting -- was Slagle.

With a fast-break style bent on 3-point shooting, Slagle led the Warriors to a state runner-up finish in 1994 and to the 1999 state championship. In his final season as coach, Worthington Christian made it to a state semifinal.

Worthington Christian went 194-50 under Slagle, who then spent eight seasons coaching at Cedarville University and four years at Caldwell Academy in Greensboro, N.C.

5. Jeff Quackenbush, Newark (2000-present)

Since taking over at his alma mater in 2000, Quackenbush has posted a 229-118 record with three Division I district championships.

After leading Newark to a regional runner-up finish in 2007, a Wildcats team led by Greg Avery went 24-4 and beat Lakewood St. Edward 65-52 to win the 2008 state title.

Newark has been a district runner-up each of the past three seasons.

6. Ed Calo, Westerville South (1990-present)

One of central Ohio's longest-tenured coaches -- considering he's been at South since the 1987-88 season -- Calo guided the Wildcats to Division I district titles in 1990, 2008 and 2011 and to district runner-up finishes in 1997 and 2007.

Over the past 25 seasons, South has won at least a share of 10 league championships and has posted a .657 winning percentage.

7. Kent Riggs, Canal Winchester (1990-2014)

Another of the area's most successful coaches, Riggs retired from coaching in April after 27 seasons.

He led the Indians to a Division IV district championship in 1993, Division III district titles in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and a Division II district title in 2008.

His team reached a state semifinal in 2000.

Since 1990, Canal Winchester has posted a .673 winning percentage.

8. Kevin Weakley, Worthington Christian (2001-present)

Weakley picked up where Slagle left off when he took over for him for the 2000-01 season, leading Worthington Christian to a 237-107 record the last 14 seasons.

The Warriors have won Division III district championships each of the past three seasons after winning district titles in Division IV in 2001, 2006 and 2008.

Worthington Christian was regional runner-up in both 2001 and 2006 and went 26-2 and was the state runner-up in 2008.

9. Jamey Collins, Morral Ridgedale (1999-2002), Dublin Coffman (2003-present)

After guiding Ridgedale to a 70-24 mark that included a Division III regional runner-up finish in 2001, Collins helped Coffman remain one of central Ohio's top programs.

The Shamrocks captured Division I district titles in 2004, 2010 and 2014.

Collins' career record is 269-100 in 16 seasons.

10. Hali Robinson, Brookhaven (2004-14)

Robinson built on Howard's success by making a Division I state semifinal in his first season and winning district titles each of the next two years. He added a Division II district title in 2013.

With a 201-64 mark in 11 seasons, Robinson's .758 winning percentage is among the best of the past 25 seasons.

In Brookhaven's final season last winter, it snapped Northland's 118-game City League winning streak, won the City title and was a district runner-up.

•HONORABLE MENTION -- Blair Albright, DeSales (2006-13); Tony Bisutti, DeSales (1990-93), Dublin Scioto (1995-2013); Tony Bornhorst, Dublin Coffman (1994-2002); Kent Burgert, Columbus West (1999), Beechcroft (2000-08); Tim Casey, Upper Arlington (2002-present); Gene Caslin, Mifflin (2000-13); Ray Corbett, Grandview (1990-present); Sam Davis, Hartley (1990-91), Gahanna (1992-99), New Albany (2001-present); Dave Hoover, Westerville North (1990-95); Randy Kortokrax, Hartley (2001-present); Pete Liptrap, Pickerington (1990-2003), Pickerington North (2004-13); Bob Miller, Thomas Worthington (1990-2014); Chris Rider, Reynoldsburg (1998-2012); Tony Staib, Gahanna (2003-present); Sean Taylor, Eastmoor Academy (2001-11), Northland (2012-present).

The argument for Staib and Taylor to be ranked in the top 10 isn't much different from that of Collins and Robinson.

While Collins and Robinson both have won four district titles, Staib and Taylor each has three district titles and a state-tournament berth to his credit.

Because of their longevity, Bisutti, Liptrap and Miller also have strong cases. All three won two district championships and more than 300 games over the past 25 seasons.

Another coach who could move up the list is Casey, who led UA to a state runner-up finish last season.

Albright made Division II state tournament appearances in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Hoover led Westerville North to two state berths, including the 1994 championship, and Burgert led Beechcroft to two state semifinals.

Davis and Kortokrax led Hartley to state semifinals in 1990 and 2011, respectively, while Corbett guided Grandview to a 1998 state semifinal.

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