The North Ridgeville City Schools recently announced they have chosen Ben Chase to become the next varsity men’s basketball coach. Chase replaces Bryan Morgan after Morgan was chosen to be the North Ridgeville head varsity football coach this past January.
Chase has been the varsity assistant for the men’s basketball team the past three years – he is also in his third year of teaching health and physical education at NRCS, teaching at both the Academic Center and Ranger High-Tech Academy.
“Over the last three years as an assistant coach, I have gotten to develop relationships with kids at every level in our program. I could not be more excited for the opportunity to continue to grow those relationships and lead this program to a conference championship,” Chase said.
“I am excited to get back into the gym next week and see our players and get ourselves ready for the 2021-2022 season. There are so many people that helped me get to this point in my coaching career and I am appreciative of every single one of them.”
Before coming to North Ridgeville, Chase worked as physical education teacher at Clearview High School for one year, was the head freshman men’s basketball coach during the 2017-2018 season as well as a varsity assistant coach.
Chase played basketball at Baldwin Wallace University from 2013-2017 and was a senior captain. Prior to hiscollegiate athletic career, Chase played high school basketball at Bay Village from 2009-2013.
“Ben has a great basketball resume. He has experience playing at the collegiate level and has been a freshman head coach and a varsity assistant,” NRCS Athletic Director Don Sparks said. “Ben has built great relationships with our students and is dedicated to maintaining a positive environment and winning culture.”
Chase’s hiring is scheduled to be approved by the North Ridgeville City Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, May 18.