Ron Lehman receives NFHS Volleyball Coach-of-Year Award
By GARY HENERY
News Managing Editor
Big Walnut head volleyball coach Ron Lehman has been selected by the NFHS Coaches Association to receive the 2012 Coach of the Year award in the sport of girls volleyball in the state of Ohio.
The award is given to coaches who demonstrated excellence both on and off the court.
In his 23 seasons serving as head coach of the Golden Eagles, Lehman has compiled a 439–149, record a .747 winning percentage. Under his leadership, Big Walnut was a OHSAA State runnerup in 1991 and 2010 while capturing 6 Regional titles, 15 District titles and 17 conference championships.
“It has been an exciting 23 seasons at Big Walnut,” Lehman said. “But a lot of the credit goes to the great players and assistant coaches I have had the opportunity to work with over the years … that’s what it takes to get an honor like that.” Lehman, who has a 533–284 (.652) career record, lists the Golden Eagles’ two state runnerup seasons as the highlights of his career.
“We have had a lot of fun times, but our two state runnerup finishes rank at the top of my career,” he said. ”And I can’t forget the players I have had the opportunity to coach.
I have been fortunate to have coached a great group of players the past 23 years.”
Big Walnut High School Athletic Director Steve Glesenkamp, Principal Steve Fujii and Golden Eagle girls head track coach Joe Evener offered their congratulations to Lehman.
“This certainly is a well-deserved honor for coach Lehman.” Glesenkamp said. “He has always been a first-class act ever since I have known him. He has represented the Big Walnut volleyball program, the school and the community in a very outstanding manner.”
Fujii said Lehman has a great impact on the student-athletes that went through the volleyball program.
“Congratulations Ron. Your excellence is certainly well-documented and well-deserved. I know that your humility keeps you focused and oriented, but I also believe that the lives you impact are reflected in your accomplishments,” Fujii said. “Again, congratulations on this wonderful recognition.”
Evener echoed Fujii’s words. “Congratulations, Ron! This is a well deserved award,” Evener said. “You have proven yourself over the span of your career to be one of the most respected volleyball coaches, and coaches in general, in Central Ohio and in the state with your impressive record. What took them so long? Congratulations, again!!”
Lehman will be recognized at Big Walnut’s first home game of the 2013 season on August 29 when the Golden Eagles host OCC Capital Division rival Delaware Hayes. A reception will be held following the game.