BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek High School recently hired Hilliard Darby High School Boys’ Basketball Head Coach Mark Hess as both a mathematics teacher and its new Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach.
Hess, who currently teaches Algebra and Geometry at Hilliard Darby, served as the school’s Head Boys’ Varsity Coach during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. He also spent five seasons as the Head Varsity Assistant Boys’ Coach for Olentangy Liberty High School, which, like Hilliard and Beavercreek, is a Division I competitor.
His coaching career began at Willard High School in Huron County, Ohio, where he served as both the Head Freshman Boys’ and Varsity Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach. In his spare time, Hess has served as coach, tournament site director and co-director or director of numerous basketball camps for youth.
Hess was a standout on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University basketball team, a Division II school that is part of the American Mideast Conference. During four years on the squad, he served three years as Co-Captain and earned the Team’s Most Valuable Player award two years in a row. He was also named to the AMC All-Conference team each year.
He distinguished himself in the classroom as well, and collected two NAIA Scholar Athlete awards on his way to earning a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Mathematics Education. He is currently licensed to teach mathematics to students in grades 7-12, and is studying for a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in Indianapolis.
“Mark is a great fit for us, both as a teacher and as a head basketball coach,” said Beavercreek Athletic Director Jim Smerz. “He has tremendous energy and passion for both basketball and academics, and is well respected by everyone who has worked with him.”
“The community of Beavercreek is widely respected for its support of its students and student-athletes,” said Hess. “I am looking forward to being part of the community and developing the students and athletes into successful young men and women.”