Baldwin Wallace University Head Basketball Coach Duane Sheldon ’93 has resigned his position at the University and has accepted a position as athletic director at Dublin Coffman High School.
Sheldon recently completed his seventh season at his alma mater and led the Yellow Jackets to its fourth straight winning season, an 18-9 overall record, and into the Ohio Athletic Conference semi-finals. In seven seasons, he produced a 98-83 record, including a BW-best 19-6 record in 2012-2013.
“We truly love BW and we are very thankful for the opportunity and the privilege to coach so many great young men,” said Sheldon. “We have formed many great relationships with great people that make it difficult to leave. We have nothing but the fondest memories of Baldwin Wallace University.
“Our family is thankful for the opportunity to join the Dublin Community,” continued Sheldon. “We look forward to being a part of the academic and athletic excellence at Dublin Coffman High School.” As a student-athlete at BW, Sheldon was a three-time letterwinner, a co-captian and a first-team Academic All-OAC pick. He also was tabbed as the Best Defensive Player following his senior season.
Sheldon was a solid student-athlete and Academic All-OAC player who graduated from the University in 1993 and was an assistant coach under the legendary Steve Bankson. He returned to his alma mater in the winter of 2008 after spending six years building Heidelberg University’s basketball program into an OAC champion.
Sheldon, a Master’s degree recipient in 2000 from Ashland University, is a 1989 graduate of Strongsville High School and began his coaching career at local Middleburg Heights Midpark High School (prior to its current merger with Berea H.S. to form Berea-Midpark H.S.). He joined Bankson’s staff at BW before coaching at Heidelberg University.
At Heidelberg from 2002-2008, Sheldon took a struggling program and built it into the 2007-2008 OAC Tournament champion. With its OAC tourney title, Heidelberg and Sheldon received the OAC’s automatic berth in the 2008 NCAA Division III National Tournament.
During his five seasons at Midpark, he was named the Associated Press Northeast Ohio Coach of the Year in 1997-1998 for leading his team to an 18-4 record and was the Pioneer Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. The following season, his team compiled a 21-2 campaign and a final ranking of eighth in the Ohio AP poll. Under his leadership, Midpark High achieved the best record in school history and broke more than 80 school records. His career record was 78-42.
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