Posted: 12:01 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014

McGuire happy to be back in coaching

By Rick Cassano

Staff Writer


Ten years later, Brian McGuire has returned to the Madison High School girls basketball program.

McGuire led the Mohawks to a 44-23 record from 2001-02 to 2003-04, but stepped down for work-related reasons, and John Rossi took the program to new heights.

Rossi has departed for Fenwick and McGuire has been chosen to replace him, pending school-board approval Monday.

“I’m really excited. I can’t wait to get going,” said McGuire, who’s spent most of his coaching career as a boys assistant under Jeff Smith at Middletown Christian and Madison. “I’ve dreamed of this opportunity to get back into it after 10 years.”

McGuire, 57, last coached with the Mohawk boys in 2012-13. He is a Madison graduate who said he’s lucky to be following in Rossi’s footsteps.

“When you have 10 years with as much success as he had, I just thought that was amazing,” McGuire said. “I’d just like to continue the good work he was doing over there.

“I’ve been watching the program from a distance. I knew how good a coach Johnny was, so I wasn’t concerned about the program. For me, it was like nurturing a young child and seeing it grow. To sustain the success the way Johnny did, that’s hard. He deserves a lot of credit.”

McGuire directed Madison’s girls to records of (in order) 11-10, 15-8 and 18-5. The Mohawks made it to the sectional finals his last year.

“The year before I got there, they had only won two games,” McGuire said. “I wanted to give the girls a chance to win. They hadn’t had a winning record in almost 20 years.

“That first year, we did things to shorten the game and give ourselves a chance to win, and we were able to scrape out 11 wins. The next year, we just continually got better.”

He’s been with Deceuninck North America for nearly 30 years, and the company’s demands on his time prompted McGuire to resign from coaching after the 2003-04 campaign.

He never won a Southwestern Buckeye League title during his previous stint at the girls helm. That’s a big goal this time around.

“Even though I got to coach three really successful years, I never did feel like my body of work was complete without a league championship,” McGuire said. “I just felt like I wasn’t finished.”

He has to make some player evaluations before deciding on a style of play, though McGuire said he’d prefer to play a fast-paced, full-court game.

Brian McGuire file

Age: 57

Residence: Madison Twp.

Job: Tooling and NC Group Leader for Monroe-based Deceuninck North America, which produces vinyl window and door systems. Also a Madison Twp. Trustee.

Family: Wife Pam; daughters Allison (32) and Samantha (27); and son Tommy (26)

High school: Madison, Class of 1975

College: Attended Miami University Middletown

Prep coaching history: Longtime boys assistant coach at Madison and Middletown Christian. Posted a 44-23 record in three seasons as Madison’s head girls coach (2001-02 through 2003-04).

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