BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR
Keith Diebler’s resume speaks for itself.
A state championship at Upper Sandusky, over 300 career victories and three sons who have excelled playing basketball.
Diebler, a local resident, was recently hired to be the next boys basketball coach at Danbury High School. Needless to say, he’s excited about the challenge.
“I’m just as excited as I’ve ever been. I’m truly energized and looking forward to this journey,” Diebler said. “When the job opened up, I sent in my application, and here we are. Once a coach, always a coach.
“I don’t think (the school) reached out to me as much as I reached out to them. Then I went through the application process and the interview process. I had the opportunity of working in the elementary basketball program with the sixth grade (last year) and I enjoyed that.
“I was really impressed with Danbury’s interview process and the standards they have. What the district stands for, it’s really close-knit, not just athletics, but academics. I was impressed by their core values. It just seemed like it all came together. I’m really excited to add something to the Lakeside community, establish a program that’s lasting (for success).”
In all, Diebler has coached at a number of different schools — Lakota, Genoa, Upper Sandusky, Fostoria, Gibsonburg, Bowling Green and Plymouth — and has had tremendous success.
“I was asked the other night what the most memorable thing about my career was, highlights and things like that. Probably the most memorable thing was the opportunity to work with outstanding individuals and to see them grow. I’m blessed in that respect,” said Diebler. “Whether you’re working at a hardware store or coaching a basketball team, you want to see people grow.”
Diebler’s oldest son, Jeremiah, was an all-Ohioan at Gibsonburg High School. Jake, his middle son, played collegiately at Valaparaiso and is working as an assistant at Ohio State. Jon, who had a stellar career as a Buckeye, recently spent time overseas playing in Turkey.
Jake and Jon were on the 2005 Upper Sandusky team that won the Division II state championship with a 27-0 record and two years later, Jon led the Rams to a state runner-up finish.
“Jon just got home last week. He’s planning on coming up for the camp, he is expecting twins, (and) we’re really excited about that. I think he has his feet on the ground,” said Diebler. “Jake is back at Ohio State and just had his first press conference, and we’re truly excited about that. Jeremiah is in Pittsburgh. His wife has a pharmaceutical job and he’s in sales right now, (but) not currently in basketball coaching. But never say never. I think it’s in his blood. I know he’s coming up to spend a couple of days at camp.”
Diebler will hold a basketball camp on June 17-21 at the high school.