Fremont City School is thrilled to announce John Cahill has accepted its offer to become the new head basketball coach of the Little Giants.
Cahill is a Fremont Ross graduate from the Class of 1987, after which he played football at the University of Toledo, and is a member of the Ross Athletic Hall of Fame.
He also has an unparalleled track record of success as both a coach and ambassador for the game of basketball in the Fremont area. “I grew up in Fremont and when I left Fremont, I thought it was the best place in the world,” Cahill said. “I went off to the University of Toledo and, to me, being a Little Giant meant something.
I want our kids to feel that way too. It’s a special place.” Cahill spent 23 years in the girls basketball program at Clyde High School, the last 18 as head coach, through the 2014-15 season, compiling a record of 315-103.
As coach of the Fliers, Cahill led his team to six Sandusky Bay Conference championships 13 sectional tournament titles, three district championships and state Final Four appearances in 2011 and 2013.
He was named Coach of the Year in District 6 five times, the Associated Press Northwest District Coach of the Year three times and the Division II Coach of the Year by the Ohio Basketball Coaches’ Association in 2011 and AP Division II Coach of the Year in 2012.
He is also the founder of the Northcoast Showtime AAU basketball program.
“The basketball search committee made the recommendation to hire John Cahill because he is an enthusiastic leader who has strong ties to the Fremont community,” said Fremont Ross athletic director Chad Berndt. “He has a tremendous basketball pedigree and is capable of developing a program this community could be proud of. “John has an incredible work ethic and his passion for the game is contagious. We are excited by the prospect of having coach
Cahill return to his alma mater to lead the Ross basketball program.” Cahill takes over a Little Giant program from Mark Gedeon, who retired last month having led the program for 23 seasons, including a 9-14 season in 2017-18.
Cahill attended a handful of Ross games as a fan, and while he admits he has a lot to learn about his team, he is excited about the talent-level of the players he is inheriting. “I think Ross had some really good pieces coming back and I’m excited to get to work with them and get to know them,” Cahill said. “There are so many things to do on my end, building relationships and getting to know some of the kids and letting them know what my expectations are and getting to know what their expectations are. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get ourselves ready and not a lot of time to plan a summer. We’re going to have our hands full but I’m excited to get to work.”
Cahill, 49, has been an English teacher in the Clyde-Green Springs Schools system for 26 years and said he expects to move into the Fremont City School system next school year.