High School Varsity Basketball Coach Paul Wayne, an Ohio coaching legend and a 2015 elected member of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, didn’t forget to thank the community of Holgate, Ohio, when he garnered his 500th career win in March of this year as mentor of the Tinora Rams.
That victory came in Division III Sectional Tournament semifinal play at Defiance on March 1. It was Tinora’s fourth win of the 2016-2017 season. This past season’s gig at Tinora was Wayne’s first head coaching job since 2013, when the Holgate school board chose not to renew his coaching contract.
Four-hundred-ninety-six wins in Wayne’s career came as head coach of the Division IV Holgate Tigers over a span of 36 years. In that time, Wayne also earned honors as 2007 Mideast Section Coach of the Year as named by the National Federation of State High School Coaches Association, and he collected a total of seven District 7 Coach of the Year awards, also during his Holgate tenure.
Wayne states his coaching goal as helping his team “strive to reach its potential and hopefully go above that” each year.
Along the way, Wayne’s coaching career has reached the treetops of Ohio.
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg
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