​Lebanon business teacher leads MUM basketball

Q&A with Frank Back, business teacher, Lebanon High.

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While Frank Back was teaching students at Lebanon High School about business last year, he also was coaching the Miami University Middletown basketball team to a winning season.

He was named the head coach in June 2015, after taking a decade-long break. He previously coached at LHS, Middletown Christian, Edgewood, Miamisburg, Chaminade-Julienne High School, Franklin High School and Messiah College in Grantham, Pa.

The Today’s Pulse found out more.

Q: What has been your educational journey?

A: I grew up in Middletown, and I am a 1986 graduate of Middletown High School. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Secondary Education from Cedarville University. I also earned a Master's degree from Wright State University in Educational Leadership.

This is my fourteenth year with the Lebanon City School District and my nineteenth year in education. I decided to come to Lebanon, because I was attracted to the quality schools and the community itself.

Q: Why did you decide to become a teacher?

A: I first considered becoming a teacher when I was a sophomore in high school and coached a youth basketball team where I realized how much I enjoyed working with young people. At that same time, my high school basketball coach and business teacher had a tremendous influence on my becoming a teacher.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

A: I have always enjoyed interacting with our students and teaching concepts that will impact a student's life well beyond high school. What I enjoy most about teaching at Lebanon High School is the students and outstanding staff.

Q: In what ways are you involved at LHS?

A: I am in my 12th year as the adviser for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and my tenth year as the adviser for Future Business Leaders of America.

Q: Can you share more about your family?

A: My wife Christine, a Lee University graduate, is a speech language pathologist in the Kettering school district. My children include Darien, 20; Jae, 19; Lainey, 8; Reagan, 5; and Spencer, 2.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: In my time away from Lebanon High School, I enjoy spending time with my family and working as a skills trainer for high school and college basketball players.

Q: What is something people may not know about you?

A: Last year, I was the head men's basketball coach at Miami University-Middletown. Our team went 22-9 and won the league title and the tournament championship.

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