Former Thomas Worthington High School boys volleyball coach Scott Ebright died April 5 after a battle with cancer.

Ebright, 65, guided the Cardinals for 14 seasons before retiring at the conclusion of last season. He was diagnosed with cancer late last summer.

“The volleyball community will remember Scott for his passion for the sport and his work to expand high school volleyball throughout the state,” Thomas athletics director Jen Goebbel said.

“At Thomas Worthington, we will also miss Scott as part of our family. He loved to work football games on Friday nights. He took pictures of our senior athletes that became pictures that hung in the gymnasium. He was just a real nice guy and we are sorry for his family’s loss.”

Ebright coached the Cardinals from 1997-2006 and 2014-17. Between stints, his son Todd headed the program.

“I got to know Scott pretty well and he mentored me as I prepared to become a first-year head coach this year,” said current Cardinals coach Brian Lawless, who took over for Ebright. “I actually got to know Scott through his wife Jill because we both worked at Slate Hill (Elementary School). She was a librarian and I teach fifth and sixth grade there.

“With me coaching boys volleyball in the Hilliard Davidson program, we had a lot in common. Scott and Jill both retired last year and he came to me and told me this was an opportunity to be a head coach in the community where I live and work.”

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In addition to his wife, Ebright is survived by sons Olsen, Todd and Grant, daughter Meghan and grandson Abraham.

“I know they all took a family vacation in June and I heard he was sick in October and then I saw him in December when he stopped by to see the boys in the program,” Lawless said. “I’m happy our paths crossed because he was so instrumental in boys volleyball in central Ohio and, really, throughout the state. He also was a very influential man within the Worthington community. He was a wonderful man who touched so many lives.”

The Cardinals learned about Ebright’s death before playing host to Delaware on April 5. They defeated the Pacers 25-17, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20.

“We won that match for him,” senior middle hitter Dan DeRodes said. “We have a lot of seniors and we went out and played hard for him. We wanted to show him what we learned last year and we want to carry that all the way through this season.”

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