The Dublin Coffman girls basketball team has undergone numerous changes since the conclusion of last season.
The Shamrocks finished 22-3 overall and 10-0 in the OCC-Central Division a year ago to win their fourth league championship in a row and extend their streak of consecutive league victories to 36.
However, they lost a senior class that featured the three-time Division I district Player of the Year in Jacy Sheldon. Now playing for Ohio State, Sheldon scored 2,347 career points to rank among the top 15 all-time in OHSAA history.
Coffman also lost a special mention all-league and honorable mention all-district honoree in Kaitlyn Kopyar and an honorable mention all-league selection in Riley Wagoner to graduation.
In addition, the Shamrocks underwent a coaching change during the offseason.
Adam Banks, who had been an assistant for the boys program for most of the past decade under Jamey Collins, has taken over as coach after Bryan Patton stepped down following his ninth season.
Banks, a 2004 Scioto graduate, takes over a program that went 94-12 over the past four seasons.
He will have a roster comprised mostly of younger players, led by 5-foot-7 sophomore guard Amarianah Russell, who averaged 17 points and was second-team all-district and first-team all-league last season.
"It was kind of a perfect scenario," said Banks, whose team opened Nov. 23 against Aurora in the Bulldog Battle at Canton McKinley and plays host to McKinley on Saturday, Nov. 30, before opening league play Tuesday, Dec. 3, at home against Upper Arlington.
"I'm coming in with a new system, but at the same time, their system was coming to an end because they were going to have a new cast of players. When you have Jacy Sheldon, who is playing for Ohio State, your offense and defense is generated off what she's able to do and her capabilities. That's 15 to 20 shots on offense that other people have to take now and that's defense that has to be made up for. The transition is going pretty well. I think we'll start to pick up momentum."
Other key returnees are seniors Juliana Burris (5-5, point guard) and Ally Machulski (5-7, wing player), junior Megan Breen (6-1, forward) and sophomores Tara Flynn (5-9, wing player) and Cassidy Lafler (5-8, wing player).
Last season, Burris averaged nine points and was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.
Rounding out the senior class is Jacki Brandon (5-2, point guard).
Tessa Grady, a 5-11 freshman, should be an immediate contributor as a guard and wing player, according to Banks.
Junior Kenzie Bicking (5-6, guard), sophomores Taylor Covington (5-5, guard) and Ellie Vaccari (5-4, guard) and freshman Jenna Kopyar (5-7, guard) are others looking to contribute.
"We're progressing pretty well," Banks said. "I'm hoping we win some games, but more importantly, I'm hoping we develop these younger girls. We want to make sure everybody gets better every day."
Hockey team also will have new look
Jeff Kerr has been pleased with the progress he's seen from the hockey team since taking over as coach in late May.
After moving from Cambridge, Ontario, last year where he'd coached the sport for about two decades, he began providing personal skills coaching to some of the players.
Kerr replaced Justin Taber, who stepped down as coach after two seasons.
"I immediately saw great potential with these guys," Kerr said. "I knew there was a possibility the coach wasn't returning and when I was told the job was open in the spring, I had an interview with (athletics director Duane Sheldon)."
Kerr takes over a program that doubled its win total from the 2017-18 season by finishing 12-21 overall last winter. The Shamrocks went 8-8 in the CHC-White to place third and earned a pair of overtime wins in the postseason before falling 9-0 to eventual state runner-up Jerome in the third round of the district tournament.
Seniors Evan Mitchell (defenseman), Bo Sung Kim (winger) and Cade Spiker (winger/center), juniors Thiago Jeronimo (winger), Ben Schepflin (center) and Gavin Schiefferle (defenseman) and sophomores Brycen Levings (defenseman), Will Pace (goaltender) and Nick Schepflin (winger) are the top returnees.
Last season, Jeronimo had 10 goals and five assists, Kim had six goals and 10 assists and Ben Schepflin added five goals and 13 assists.
The only other senior is backup goalie Zach Straka.
Others looking to contribute include junior Ervin Cui (winger), sophomores Noah Clemens (center), Sam Connelly (winger), Eliav Dayan (defenseman), Kyle Hendricks (winger/center), Cole Morris (defenseman), Owen North (winger) and David Shevetz (defenseman) and freshmen James Day (goalie), Brady Hall (center), Max Li (winger) and Aidan Magyar (center).
Among the players lost to graduation were forwards Alek Willis (30 goals, 10 assists) and Cam Andrews (8 goals, 19 assists).
"This is a good group of kids," Kerr said.
"The dressing room is good, commitment on the ice is good and I can see some good potential. They've come a long way because they've put the work in."
Below are the coming schedules for the Coffman girls basketball and hockey teams:
Nov. 30 -- Home vs. Canton McKinley
*Dec. 3 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
Nov. 29 -- Whitehouse Anthony Wayne in Chiller Thanksgiving Classic at Chiller North
Nov. 30 -- Northeast Storm and Upper Arlington in Chiller Thanksgiving Classic at Chiller North
Dec. 1 -- TBD in Chiller Thanksgiving Classic at Chiller North