By David Cassilo, Northeast Ohio Media Group on March 19, 2015 9:45 AM
PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — For the first time since 1954, Holy Name boys basketball can say it is a district champion. But in the case of the Green Wave, cutting down the nets felt more like the start of something rather than a culmination.
On Thursday, Holy Name heads to Bowling Green to play Sandusky in a Division II regional semifinal. The Green Wave believes it can make the trip an annual occurrence.
“Getting that first group of guys that has that vision is the hardest thing,” said Holy Name coach Jeff Huber.
A big part of the team’s success is Huber, who is in his fifth season with the program. A St. Edward alum, Huber played for Eric Flannery and graduated in 2000. Huber showed early signs of being a coach.
“Even back when he played for me, he knew the game,” Flannery said. “You could tell he knew what he was talking about.”
What Huber took from St. Edward and Flannery was how to build a program.
“It’s trying to do more than just basketball and trying to build togetherness and family,” Huber said. “This year that’s a big thing for us. When we struggled, we still trusted and liked each other, and that helped us persevere.”
Huber also has full respect and faith from his players. They are 100 percent certain he will have them ready for each game.
“He’s the best coach in the state to me,” said senior Lawrynce Johnson. “He out coaches guys every night even when we lose. I love playing with that guy.”
In the summer before the season began, Huber wasn’t exactly sure if this was the team that would break through. The team lost a talented senior class led by Brad Karn, and it was a very young group with a lack of height returning to Holy Name.
One of the bright spots on the horizon, though, was freshman Dwayne Cohill. A 6-foot-2 guard, Cohill gave the Green Wave a future to be high on.