By SCOTT COTTOS
FOR THE COURIER
FOSTORIA — Aaron Sheets brings more than a decade of experience as an assistant as he takes the reins as St. Wendelin’s new head boys basketball coach.
“He’s paid his dues. He’s put his time in,” St. Wendelin athletic director Scott Brickner said.
Brickner said Sheets, who has been a Fostoria High School assistant since 2004, was selected from 20 applicants.
“I really like his passion,” Brickner said, adding that Sheets and his family are St. Wendelin parishioners with a daughter enrolled in the school. “Certainly, a lot of the kids are very familiar with him, so it will help with having a comfortable transition.”
Sheets succeeds Jim Rutter — for whom he played at FHS — who was dismissed after his teams went 22-46 in three seasons.
And Sheets will hit the ground running. After meeting with his players this Friday, the Mohawks will compete in a shootout at Tiffin University.
“I’m really anxious to get started,” Sheets said.
In addition to being a member of Rick Renz’s staff at Fostoria since 2004, Sheets also helped Rutter and Keith Diebler there. He also spent two years as an assistant to Dan Sidago at Lakota.
“I’m going to take the best of what I’ve learned from those four guys,” Sheets said.
Sheets said he’d like for the Mohawks to play up-tempo, but the skills of his players will dictate what he puts to use.
“We’ll have to figure out our strengths and go with what we’ve got,” he said.
Five seniors graduated from the 17 boys in the program last year, and Sheets is waiting to see how many freshman will be coming in.
Sheets, a 2000 graduate of the University of Findlay, will be joined on his staff by Ryan Myers as varsity assistant. Both were seniors on the 1993-94 Rutter-coached Fostoria team that advanced to the Division II regional finals.
Brickner said he’s excited about Sheets taking control of the program.
“I think we have a very bright future in terms of boys basketball at St. Wendelin,” he said.