“We are excited about what Coach Tate brings to our program and his enthusiasm,” Bellbrook athletic director Tom Bean said in a statement. “We think Coach Tate will bring a spark to the entire program and fully support a system approach that focuses on development from the bottom up that will include the youth programs as well.”
Bellbrook’s girls program was 26-1 last season, losing only to eventual state Division II champion Alter in a regional semifinal.
The Bellbrook football program also will feature a new head coach this coming season. Jeff Jenkins, a Bellbrook grad and previously a Golden Eagles assistant, was promoted to succeed Kevin Basinger, who resigned after 19 seasons.
Tate has had two summer practices with the Golden Eagles. He cited two returning seniors and a strong junior class.
“I’m excited,” he said. “For a first job with no coaching ties to Bellbrook it’s a perfect situation.”