Basketball - V Boys
Front Row: Joey Mercury, Dominick Moegerle, Anthony Threadgill.
Middle Row: Manager Joey Osmun, Juwan Coates, Keion DeGrate, Solomon Clemens, Isaiah Young, Colin Jaroch, Head of Basketball Operations Dom DiMascio.
Back Row: Coach Tim Lucey, Coach Mike MacDonald, Darryl Peterson, Thomas Crowe, Head Coach T.K. Griffith, Brody Gowen, Connor Sams, Coach Norm Jesser, Coach DeAllen Jackson.
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Coach T.K. Griffith ’89, English Department co-chair, has been the head boys basketball coach since 1993-94. Winning his 400th game last season, Griffith’s overall record of 410-186 has accompanied cherished years of strong relationships and memorable victories.
The recipient of the 2013 Clem Caraboolad Coach of the Year award has also been named North Coast League Coach of the Year five times as his teams have won seven NCL league championships since 2006. In addition, he has earned honors from the Touchdown Club (1998, 2008), the Plain Dealer (1999) and the OHSAA (North-South Coach 2009) and has been chosen to coach the GABCA all-star game multiple times. In addition, he was awarded the Bob Arnzen Coaching Award by the OHSAA.
Last season, the Knights finished tied for the NCL title at 8-2. Overall, the season ended with a 17-6 mark. That concluded a three-year span in which the cagers etched 60 victories in three seasons and played in two Division 1 district title games, a first in school history.
Griffith, who teaches Honors English 10, AP Language and Composition and the school newspaper, is proud of his Holy Cross roots and enjoys the opportunity to serve others through teaching and coaching.
“I take pride in continuing a legacy started by my father, the late Tim Griffith ‘66, who was named a Hoban Distinguished Alumnus for his work with special education students in Kent City Schools and his volunteer service with the Hoban Alumni Association," Griffith said. “He continued his education at our other alma mater, St. Edward’s University. There he met and married my mother, Penny, who also worked in special education and then as a psychologist. Like my Dad and so many Hoban alumni over the years, I hope to impact lives in the classroom and on the court and educate hearts and minds in all that I do.”
Griffith’s oldest three children graduated from Hoban, all winning the Monsignor Dowed Spirit Award and serving Hoban in many leadership capacities. Allie graduated from University of Notre Dame and Austin from Duquesne University. Abby attends DePaul in Chicago and Andrew is a freshman at Hoban. T.K.’s wife, Amy ’89, is also a Hoban graduate and works for her father at the Maynard Family Foundation. T.K.’s top assistant, Tim Lucey ’97, has been a lifelong Hoban friend. Griffith coached Lucey in 1997. Griffith and his staff will always keep deceased assistant coach Tom Goodall ’66 in their hearts. Norm Jesser, Mike MacDonad, DeAllen Jackson and Mark Moundros are other prized assistants.
A member of the 1989 Hoban state championship basketball team, he received his B.A. from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and his M.A.T from Kent State University in 1994. He has 30 plus hours in postgraduate work from Walsh University in School Counseling and his Principal’s license from the University of Findlay Secondary Administration program.
His 1998 team went to the OHSAA Div. II Final Four and his 1999 team won the AP Poll Championship with a 20-0 regular season record. This year’s team will face one of the toughest schedules the Knights have played, and will do so with a relatively young squad.
Updated October, 2019
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