Olentangy Orange has named coaches for its girls basketball and hockey programs.
Pending school board approval, Brian Cromwell will lead the girls basketball team and Brenton Blaskie will guide the hockey team, athletics director Brett Diehl said May 21.
Cromwell, who replaces Danielle Roe, coached the DeSales girls team for nine seasons from 2010-19, compiling a 119-94 overall record and a 37-30 mark in the CCL.
He guided the Stallions to league championships in the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons and a Division II district title in 2011-12.
“Brian has a wide range of experience with girls basketball and had some great success at DeSales,” Diehl said. “He also has been coaching football there for a long time, so he has a lot of experience with high school athletes. That really stood out for us.”
Cromwell is a health and physical education teacher at DeSales and will remain as offensive coordinator for the Stallions’ football team.
“Just living in the community since 2005, I have followed Orange sports in general,” Cromwell said. “I wanted to get back into coaching basketball, and it’s a good opportunity and it’s in my backyard.”
He takes over a team that finished 4-19 overall and 1-9 in the OCC-Buckeye Division in its only season under Roe.
Orange had only one senior in guard Joy Gimei. Among the expected returnees are junior forward London Davis (honorable mention all-district, special mention all-league), sophomore guard Emma Beck (honorable mention all-league) and freshman guard Kayla Delmore (special mention all-league).
Blaskie takes over the hockey team after serving as an assistant the past two seasons under J.D. Damrath. He also has worked with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets and coached the PRPC — now known as PHA — Prowlers club team in the 2012-13 season.
“Brenton has done a lot of coaching and has worked with kids at multiple levels,” Diehl said. “He has a kids-first attitude and is not just focusing on hockey. He can help them throughout their lives.”
Damrath went 35-26-0-2 over two seasons with the Pioneers. This past season, Orange went 22-12, won the CHC-White title and reached a district semifinal.
“I was an assistant at Orange for the last two years, and I have got to know some of the families pretty well, even before starting here,” Blaskie said. “It’s great to have a chance to take over a team like this, and I’m glad we’re in a position to build on the success last season. An opportunity like that doesn’t come along every day.”
Among the expected returnees are junior forwards Clayton Headlee (35 goals, 53 assists), Austin Knupp (36 goals, 39 assists) and Payton Muth (23 goals, 20 assists), junior defenseman Ethan Muth (2 goals, 15 assists), sophomore defenseman Grant Hendrickson (6 goals, 10 assists) and sophomore goaltender Kyle Diehr (.884 save percentage).
Headlee was named first-team all-CHC-White and second-team all-CHC.