Grandview Heights will have a familiar face leading its girls basketball program next winter.
Kalee Seagle, who served as an assistant the past three seasons, has been named coach, pending school board approval.
She replaces Brian O’Mara, who resigned after six seasons.
“It’s a great group of kids, and I’m excited,” Seagle said. “I have been here three years, so I have grown to love the Grandview community and, most importantly, the girls here.
“Brian did a really good job with the girls. The kids are good kids and good students and do well in the community. Being able to work with kids like that is always great.”
A 2010 Hilliard Darby graduate, Seagle played one season at Ohio Wesleyan before suffering a career-ending foot injury.
She coached the Hilliard Memorial Middle School team in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons and was a varsity assistant at Upper Arlington in 2016-17 before arriving at Grandview.
“Kalee is a good fit for the Grandview girls program,” O’Mara said. “She understands the importance of teaching winning and losing as a team over individual achievements. She adjusts her approach to each team member and their individual skill set.”
Seagle said she expects to tailor her coaching style to the talent of her roster.
“I think for me as a first-year varsity coach, I will have to cater to the talent that I have,” said O’Mara, who has a degree in psychology from Ohio State and works in the OSU athletics department. “It’s all about adapting. You have to find out what works for that specific group.”
This past season, Grandview finished 10-14 overall and 6-8 in the MSL-Ohio Division to place fifth behind champion Whitehall (13-1).
The Bobcats expect to return a three-year starter in Hannah Yochem, a junior guard who led the team in points (16.3), steals (2.1) and assists (1.9) and was named honorable mention all-state, second-team all-district and first-team all-league this past season.
Also expected back are junior guard/forward Rachel Hartman (second-team all-league; 9.7 points per game), sophomore guard Sasha Pomerants, freshman post player Chai Dobbs-Euans and freshman guard Melana Pomerants.
“The unknown is who will be back and who will come in as freshmen and what will they be ready to do,” Seagle said. “A lot will depend on what we’re able to get out of them.”