Piedmont hires Ohio Wesleyan assistant
Piedmont has announced the hiring of Mark Bollinger as the school’s new head men’s basketball coach. Bollinger comes to the program after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Ohio Wesleyan.
OWU is fresh off an impressive 20-8 campaign in 2011-12 that saw
the Battling Bishops earn a trip to the Division III NCAA
Tournament. After dropping their season opener, OWU reeled off 11
straight wins marking the school’s best start to a season
In his four seasons on the OWU bench, the team posted a 66-40 record including a 44-20 mark in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
He replaces Lee Glenn, who won 99 games in nine seasons as head coach before moving into the assistant athletic director for athletic communications role.
Prior to his time at OWU, the Marion, Ohio, native served eight seasons as head boys basketball coach at River Valley High School in his hometown. He guided River Valley to the school's first Sweet 16 appearance in 32 seasons, along with a district title, a district runner-up finish, four sectional crowns, and 2 league titles. Bollinger was named Ohio Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, and was selected Central District and District 11 Coach of the Year. He also coached in a pair of Ohio North-South all-star games.
Bollinger is a 1993 graduate of Toledo. He continued his education by earning a master's degree in education from The Ohio State University in 1997. He and his wife Melissa will be relocating to the northeast Georgia mountains with their three sons - Bryce (12), Carson (10) and Weston (3 months).
“We are very pleased to have Mark Bollinger accept our position as head men’s basketball coach at Piedmont College. Mark brings a solid coaching background and winning tradition, coupled with a great understanding of the Division III philosophy. We are excited to have Mark and his family join our team at Piedmont” stated Piedmont athletic director John Dzik.
"I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the Piedmont basketball program. My family and I are grateful to Mr. Dzik and the search committee for trusting in me to be the next coach of the Lions. My coaching staff is going to work relentlessly to make sure our young men win on the court, in the classroom, and in the community," Bollinger said.
Bollinger becomes the school’s seventh head coach since the sport was re-instated in 1940.