After two decades of coaching boys basketball, Jason Crawford will take his experience to a different realm.

Crawford has been named girls basketball coach at Big Walnut High School, where he coached the freshmen boys team last season.

“I’ve been leaning on some of my friends who coach girls for advice,” Crawford said. “People who’ve coached girls programs tell me the girls listen well, and you have to make sure they trust you. I’m getting into it, but I know there will be trial and error.”

Crawford, who teaches science at Big Walnut Middle School, was the Delaware junior varsity boys coach for four seasons (2008-12) after spending six seasons as varsity boys coach at Danville (2001-07).

At Danville, Crawford twice was named Mid-Buckeye Conference Coach of the Year.

Crawford replaces Steve Palmer, who resigned after compiling a 49-44 record in four seasons.

Last season, the Golden Eagles finished 15-9 overall and 5-5 in the OCC-Capital Division and reached a district semifinal for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Big Walnut finished 14-9 in 2013-14, 12-11 in 2014-15 and 8-15 in 2015-16 in Palmer 's first three seasons.

Gatton aims to lift
boys soccer program

After spending five seasons as an assistant coach at the prep level, Adam Gatton is excited about having the opportunity to lead a program.

Gatton has been named boys soccer coach after spending the last two seasons at New Albany as an assistant under coach Johnny Ulry. Last season, New Albany went 15-3-2 and reached a Division I regional semifinal.

Gatton, who played for Ohio Northern University, also was an assistant on Ulry’s staff at Hilliard Darby for three seasons.

“He’s pretty much been a role model for me,” Gatton said of Ulry. “He gave me a lot more reign over practices last year. I knew this day was coming for me, and I wanted to be the guy at Big Walnut.”

Gatton replaces Tyler DeLorenzo, who stepped down after compiling a 15-19-2 record in two seasons.

Last season, Big Walnut finished 5-12-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the OCC-Capital and lost to New Albany 2-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament. The Golden Eagles also lost to New Albany 2-0 in league play.

In 2015, Big Walnut finished 10-7-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the OCC-Capital.

“Last year’s team had too much talent for how they finished,” Gatton said of the Golden Eagles. “We’ve got a lot of guys back and expect big things.”

Gatton also spent five seasons on the coaching staff at Ohio Northern, where he still holds the program record for goals in a season (22 in 2004).

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