Hohn to Lead Paden City Boys Basketball
Jeff Hohn, a former Magnolia High School basketball star from 1975-77 will take over the reins at Paden City High School this fall in hopes of building on the program vacated by the retirement of longtime Wildcat head coach Fred King.
Hohn is no stranger to the game having been the head coach at Hundred High School for eight years while also coaching the seventh and eight graders at Long Drain for three years and has also coached at the Junior Varsity and freshman level for 14 years of total coaching experience.
“It’s something I’ve waited on for a long time. I have always had an interest in coaching at Paden City and when the opportunity opened up I felt it was now or never. I am fortunate to have 12-13 years as the Paden City assistant baseball coach under Coach Croasmun so I immediately snatched him up as my assistant. He was a little hesitant at first but we work well together and I’m happy to have him on the sideline with me,” stated Coach Hohn.
“We want to do everything we can to turn our team into winners. We have been in the gym and we are playing in the summer league, I feel we have a good group of kids to work with. We will put special emphasis on tough defense and hopefully we find some scorers. Our goal is to play hard day in and day out and to jell together as a team.” “We are a small school with limited numbers and most of our kids play two to three sports, we believe that makes them better athletes but also keeps them in top notch condition, we hope to use that to our advantage, added Hohn.
Coach Croasmun said he was reluctant at first but how can you turn down someone who’s not only helped you for 13 years but has been a special friend as well. “I have done several years of basketball coaching at the Junior High level and hopefully some of that experience will be useful as we make this transition, said Croasmun.
Coach Hohn said change takes time and anytime you put in a new system the kids have to grasp it and go with it. He said it woun’t be easy but he has a lot of confidence in Paden City athletes and everyone will get a fair chance.
“That’s important in high school sports, let them show you what they can do and make sure you notice the good along with the bad, we are starting out new but we’ll teach and the kids will learn and together we’ll play basketball.”
Best of luck to Paden City’s newest boys coaching staff of head coach Jeff Hohn and assistant Brent Croasmun and to the Wildcat team, we’l be rooting for you all the way.