It’s on Andrew Bobalik to keep the Tri-Village High School boys basketball program humming.
Patriots athletic director Brad Gray announced on Thursday that Bobalik has been hired to succeed super-successful Josh Sagester as the Patriots’ head coach. Bobalik was the head coach for the last two seasons at Hebron Lakewood in Licking County.
A Cross County Conference member and anchored in New Madison, Tri-Village has been among the state’s best Division IV programs the last five seasons, qualifying to two final fours and winning the D-IV state title with a 30-0 record in 2014-15.
However, Sagester announced this spring he would not return as the head coach, citing a desire to spend more time with his three children and their athletic pursuits. Sagester remains the superintendent of the Tri-Village School District.
Prior to coaching at Hebron Lakewood, Bobalik also was the head coach at Heartland Christian in Columbiana, Ohio, and was an assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit University (W.Va.), an NCAA Division II program. He excelled in basketball at East Liverpool High School, averaging 27 points as a senior and earning second-team All-Ohio honors.
It’s the second major and unexpected coaching change at Tri-Village in the last two months. Former Cincinnati Mt. Healthy co-defensive coordinator Robert Burk was hired as the football coach. He succeeds Jason Schondelmyer, who resigned to return to Arcanum for his second stint as the Trojans’ head coach.
Tri-Village football had its first varsity season last fall as an independent and is expected to join the CCC in the sport for this coming season.
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