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Following another award-winning campaign, a legendary coach has chosen to step down.
West Holmes girls basketball coach Lisa Ogi announced on Thursday, March 23 that she was retiring from the coaching ranks.
She leaves behind her a trail of Ohio Cardinal Conference titles, a host of state tournament appearances and an overall record that makes her one of the more successful coaches in Ohio High School history.
She has also built the Lady Knights program into one that is well respected both close to home and across the state, and it has been a program built on defense and hard work.
“After a great deal of thought, I’ve decided it’s time to step away from coaching basketball,” Ogi said in a prepared statement. “I want to thank the West Holmes community for their support over the last 11 years. It’s been a great ride. The memories we’ve built will be cherished forever. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some wonderful young ladies that come from supportive families. My coaching staff has been superb, I couldn’t ask for better people to work with. Thank you to the West Holmes administration for their support of our program. The future is bright for our girls and they deserve to have someone with the energy and passion that I once had when I took this job.”
Ogi leaves with an 11-year career at West Holmes that ranks among the finest anywhere in the state of Ohio.
She has built a sparkling overall record of 245-43, a remarkable .850 winning percentage, including a 20-5 mark this season, where she took her team to the district final in what may have been one of her finest coaching seasons.
Her career peaked from 2012 to 2015, when the Lady Knights made four consecutive state tournament appearances. The first two resulted in state runner-up honors, while the 2014 team powered its way to a state title.
In her 11–year career, Ogi produced nine seasons of at least 20 wins, and the fewest games her teams ever won in a season was 18, a number most teams would love to boast. Her teams have captured the past seven OCC crowns, and nine times during her 11-year coaching career she and her players have celebrated an OCC league crown.
West Holmes athletic director and junior high coach LeeAnn Race said Ogi will be remembered as a coach who helped bring the Lady Knights program back into prominence in the state of Ohio.
“Lisa brought West Holmes girls basketball back into the forefront of OHSAA basketball,” Race said. “She is the reason that when people talk about the great girls basketball programs in the state of Ohio that West Holmes is right there with the best of them. She has been able to get both the kids and the parents in the program to completely buy into the idea that hard work and commitment will pay off, and it certainly has.”