VASJ names c/o 2008 alum Ashen Ward as new Head Coach


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VASJ made it official today and announced that they hired Pepper Pike Orange Head Coach Ashen Ward as the Vikings new head coach, Ash is a graduate of VASJ in 2008 and played under former HC Dave Wojciechowski now at Harvey, from 2005-2008 and was apart of 3 straight final four births including a State Title appearance in 06 in a loss against North College Hill. Ash played at Youngstown State before returning to VASJ as an assistant under former HC Babe Kwasniak ‘94 and served as Orange’s HC for the past couple of seasons. Congrats Ashen and welcome back home to the Village!


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My thoughts on the Ashen Ward hire: He is someone that I know kids both current and future basketball players would love playing for, he’s well respected, cares about the school, and can relate to the players. This has me excited for what is to come during the Ashen Ward era. Elvis and the rest of the interviewers that we’re involved in the hiring process knocked it out of the park with this one.


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I'm hoping they got this right. Sounds like they did. Whoever was to blame for the way last season played out (my guess is there is plenty of blame to go around!), VASJ will benefit from some lack of drama around the program. NEO basketball is better when VASJ is relevant.


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congratulations to Coach Ward...
& I'm glad VASJ has a coach that the rest of us can pronounce and spell
his name.



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I'm sure ARC is surprised his underachieving boy from Lake Catholic is not the new coach. We had a good coach and they hired a good coach. Having two D1 players and not being able to get out of the district 3 years in a row should scream volumes.


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Now wait just a minute here, as we vetted the candidates for the position we ended up with our candidate that was the best fit. Coach Ward is a fine young man that has agreed to do things in a dignified manner. After the embarrassment caused over the last 10 years there is much rebuilding to do.

Bball216, you seem to like to bash the coach at Lake Catholic that beat Coach Babe twice last year. Question for you, didn't Coach Babe lose to Richmond Heights in a DIV playoff game with 4 Division 1 players on his roster? Did that not happen?


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Here is a link to an interview Ashen Ward did with Big Time Sports. The interview starts at the 30:10 mark.