In two seasons Rob Overy laid the foundation for the future of the Midview girls basketball program, guiding it to its first Southwestern Conference win and the right to host its first postseason game.
Overy is ready to hand over the reins to someone who can take the program to the next level.
Overy recently resigned as coach to focus on his full-time job as a chief engineer at Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center, where he’s working on the Orion Program, which is hoping to get a U.S. astronaut back to the moon by 2024.
“I love coaching, I loved the kids at Midview and I love being at Midview,” Overy said. “Bottom line is I just don’t have the time to commit to the kids that they deserve.”
Overy’s position at NASA requires extensive overseas travel and he felt he was unable to devote the proper time to both endeavors.
“While it is unfortunate to lose Coach Overy after just two years, he was able to rebuild our girls basketball program,” athletic director Dan May said. “I knew it was a risk when hiring him but I am forever grateful to him for taking on this task. The success I anticipate our program having in the near future will be possible due to the work Coach Overy and his staff did while they were here.”
Midview finished with a 7-16 record last season, earning the No. 8 seed in the Division I Elyria district tournament. The Middies had won only eight games combined in the three seasons prior to Overy’s arrival.
“We have great kids at Midview, they worked hard, they did everything they were challenged to do,” Overy said. “We grew the program to the point I think it is really ready for the next level and I think these girls are ready to move forward. They are going to do great things on the floor because they are great people.”
Overy was an assistant boys coach at Midview for more than two decades, winning the 2014 Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year Award, but he’ll always have a special spot in his heart for the girls coaches he competed against the past two seasons.
“The coaches in the Southwestern Conference are great people and really amazing coaches and it was an honor to be part of that group,” Overy said. “Everyone was so helpful and ready to provide guidance. I can’t tell you how welcoming and helpful they were. We may be rivals when we play, but we always pulled for each other and cheered each other on. It was a great example of all of the things that are good about high school sports.”
Overy’s departure means three Lorain County schools are looking for coaches. Vermilion’s Yvonne Craigo resigned after the season and Wes Hockman recently left Black River to accept the coaching job at Northwestern High School.