McClain takes over Marietta High School girls basketball

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JORDAN HOLLAND

MARIETTA– Ryan McClain was named the brand-new Marietta High women’s basketball head trainer on May 19. Though it’s only been a couple of weeks since he landed the task, McClain currently likes what he sees from his young Tigers.

” I’m extremely excited,” he claimed. “This is a good, young team that is starving to show people they can play.”

The Tigers lately went 7-0 in a shootout at Steubenville, where McClain applied an aggressive defensive strike.

” I enjoy Bob Huggins basketball,” he chuckled, referring to West Virginia’s men’s basketball trainer. “We will press you and also keep pushing you as well as keep pressing you. They have actually truly caught on and also I’m impressed with the persistence they’ve revealed.”

McClain previously trained at Benjamin Logan Secondary School in Bellfontaine as well as was called the 2022 Department II District 9 Coach of the Year after helping the Raiders go from three wins in 2020-21 to 15 in 2021-22.

” Coach McClain has an extraordinary presence as well as the power to him,” claimed Cody Venderlic, the MHS sports supervisor. “He is a culture-first type of instructor with strategies to build not simply a university team, but a whole girls basketball program that focuses on respect, effort, grit, and stability.”

McClain was selected by Marietta’s interview group which included Venderlic, Marietta University guys’s basketball coach Jon VanderWal, West Freedom men’s basketball trainer Ben Howlett, MHS primary Chad Rinard, MHS track trainer Mollie Schramm, MHS football train Jason Schob as well as former MHS basketball coaches Ron Detector and J.D. Secrest. Marietta College ladies’s basketball coach Kole Vivian also was gotten in touch with.

” I desire to thank the players, parents as well as administration for this opportunity,” McClain said. To obtain this task was a privilege.”

McClain in fact played university football at Muskingum and later played arena football. He got his very first training job thanks to his father-in-law, Dan Linscott.

” He said, ‘I’ll pay you $500 to trainer a 8th quality ladies group,'” McClain remembered. “At that time I assumed that was a lot of cash. I dropped and discovered crazy with it.”

McClain then took assistant mentoring jobs at Fairbanks and Jonathan Alder before ending up being the head instructor for Benjamin Logan. The Raiders set records in protective performance with McClain at the helm along with the institution’s single-season document for made 3-pointers.

” I such as to let it rip, yet that can be a layup or a 3-pointer,” he claimed. “Occasionally you’ve reached take those fives to open the crime. It’s actually what the protection offers us.”

McClain feels he has the best mix of players at Marietta to run the sort of defensive and also offensive systems he suches as.

” It’s a really young core,” he claimed. “There’s an excellent team of students that have experience at the varsity level. There’s a great upperclassman group with Riley Medley and also Rylee Kendall, as well as one more great junior group. You have a nice mix of old and young.”

Assortment, Kendall, Julia Tucker, Saylor Wharff, Maddie Hogue, Alyssa Baker, Leigha Lauer and also Jacey McKnight all played key functions for the in 2015’s Tigers team, which had no seniors.

McClain wants to develop a group that, when opponents leave the health club, “they do not desire to see us once more. That’s what I want them stating when they leave, that we were a great reflection of the Marietta community and the college area.”

McClain and his wife, Morgan, have two children– Crosbee and also Rooney.

” I enjoy Bob Huggins basketball,” he chuckled, referring to West Virginia’s guys’s basketball train.” I want to give thanks to the players, parents as well as administration for this opportunity,” McClain said.” He stated, ‘I’ll pay you $500 to instructor a 8th grade girls group,'” McClain recalled. McClain wants to develop a team that, when challengers leave the fitness center, “they do not desire to see us once again. That’s what I desire them stating when they leave, that we were a great reflection of the Marietta area and also the school area.”

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