Joe Bline is returning to a school where he once guided the boys basketball team to

an OCC-Cardinal Division title.

Bline, 49, has been named athletics director at Dublin Jerome High School. He replaces Ryan Walker, who resigned after six years to take the same position at Marysville.

“It’s a great situation,” Bline said. “(Jerome) has a very high academic standard. That’s great. You don’t have to compromise strong athletics for high academics. You walk hand-in-hand with those and we’re going to continue to build a program that does what our students do well, both very high academic and high athletic.”

Bline coached the boys basketball team in 2007-08. That season, Jerome went 16-6 overall and won its first league title, finishing atop the OCC-Cardinal at 8-2 as Bline was named league Coach of the Year. The Celtics also won their first two postseason games before falling to Zanesville 64-52 in a Division I district semifinal.

Jerome had finished 8-11 in 2006-07.

“I built some great relationships that year and I still hang on to a lot of them to this day, and that helped me get back,” Bline said.

Bline was the athletics director at Marysville for four years, beginning in the 2011-12 school year. He then served as interim athletics director at Grandview in 2015-16 and athletics director at Linden-McKinley this past school year.

“I thought we did some good things at Grandview and at Linden-McKinley. It’s been a great opportunity,” Bline

said. “I learned a lot of new things and I feel like I’ve given some great structure and organization, but I just can’t pass up an opportunity to come home to Jerome. It’s one of the finest schools in Ohio.”

Prior to guiding Marysville’s athletic department, Bline was the athletics director at St. Marys Memorial from 2008-11. He also served as boys basketball coach at Johnstown for four seasons (2003-07) and was named state and district Coach of the Year in Division III in 2004 and 2006 and Mid-Buckeye Conference Coach of the Year in 2004.

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