Worthington News

Girls Basketball

Strode named coach at Kilbourne


After four years coaching the Bexley High School girls basketball team, Jim Strode has taken the same position at Worthington Kilbourne.

Strode led the Lions to a 41-46 overall record, including 10-13 this past season. His lone winning season came in 2010-11, when the Lions went 13-8.

"I went through the process and interviewed with the athletic director (Jeff Todd) and a search committee and was offered the position (April 19)," said Strode, who lives in Worthington. "I wasn't looking to leave Bexley, but the opportunity to coach in the school district you reside was important to me."

He also is looking forward to working alongside boys basketball coach Tom Souder.

"He's been kind of a mentor to me since I moved to Columbus (from Wisconsin) in 2002," Strode said. "To have the opportunity to coach the other team there is appealing, as well."

Strode met with his former and future teams April 22.

"I think when you look at what we did as coaches (at Bexley), first and foremost it's always about building relationships, and I think those will be maintained," he said. "The kids who graduated through the program, or were up and coming, are still kids we hope to see play and stay in contact with. I think that the impact that we left with the program is going to be that we did everything we could to revitalize the program.

"I know the new coach, whoever that is, will have a table set for a successful run. The cupboard isn't bare."

Kilbourne went 5-18 this past season under Steve Palmer.