When he didn’t have his contract renewed in late March as girls basketball coach at the Wellington School, Bill Mitchin immediately looked into vacancies elsewhere in central Ohio.
He believes he found a fit at Briggs and took over as girls coach in late June.
“Wherever I’ve coached, I had a quote on the wall (that says), ‘Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,’ ” Mitchin said. “Briggs represents another path. We’ll see about that trail thing.”
Mitchin takes over a program that went 8-15 overall last season under Eugene Love after going 56-60 the previous five seasons under Matt Jaynes. Briggs tied Walnut Ridge for fifth (5-9) in the City League-South Division behind champion Africentric (14-0) last season.
Mitchin was Village Academy’s boys coach from 2003-11 and Wellington’s girls coach the last six seasons. The Jaguars were Division IV district runners-up in his final two years.
Wellington lost to Granville Christian 49-24 in a 2016 district final to finish 16-7 and lost to Fairfield Christian 56-18 in a district final last season to finish 14-12.
Against Fairfield Christian, four key players were not in uniform because they had left earlier in the day for a 12-day school trip to France.
Wellington hired Danielle Fleming in late May as Mitchin’s replacement.
“I’m not ready to give up coaching or seeing the satisfaction the kids get when they realize how much they’re capable of achieving,” Mitchin said. “It’s an opportunity to get out from underneath the private school umbrella and experience the public school challenges. (I hope to) try to make a difference for these kids both on and off the court, hopefully instill in them the confidence to succeed regardless of the task or obstacle.”