Trent McIlvain is now the fourth head baseball coach in the last 45 years at Canton South High School.
During tonight’s board of education meeting, McIlvain was hired by the board of education to fill the position of varsity baseball coach. He will succeed Tim Miller, Rocky Bourquin and Phil Forshey, others who have served since 1964. Forshey stepped down this spring after six seasons, so he could spend more time with his wife and two daughters.
McIlvain, who was also hired as a teacher’s assistant at South, has served as an assistant coach at Malone University for the past two years. He had previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Akron. He has also been a professional instructor at the Massarelli baseball school, and he is the owner of the McIlvain School of Infield. He served as a regional scout with the Baseball Factory in 2003.
McIlvain is a Marlington High School and Ohio State University graduate. He studied human ecology at OSU and was a four-year letterman on the varsity baseball team. He has a master’s degree in sport science and coaching from the University of Akron.
McIlvain and his wife, Heidi, have a two-year-old son, Austin.
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The spring of 2010 will see Matt Middleton take the reins of the Golden Bears varsity baseball team.
"Matt is a graduate of Ohio State University, where he was an All-American," Potts said. "He went to Jonathan Alder as a head coach, won a district title there, their first, then coached at Kings Mills in Cincinnati and had a good run there. He was an assistant at Indiana for about half a year.
"He gave that up, and had been looking for a coaching job. He interviewed really well, and I'm real excited to get him."
Middleton will also teach at the school in the physical education department.
Middleton replaces Barry Keith, whose contract was not renewed after two seasons with the Bears.