Monroeville hoops coach on the hot seat?

School board to decide Zac Reer's fate Monday; share your thoughts about the Monroeville boys' basketball program.
Scott Seitz
Apr 13, 2014

Monday night’s Monroeville school board meeting could get interesting.

On the agenda are many of the supplemental contracts for the school year.

It was reported Friday the supplemental contracts for the boys’ basketball program likely will be pulled from the main agenda and voted on separately.

The boys’ basketball program is led by head coach Zac Reer, who just completed his 10th season at the helm.

Ty Reer, Zac’s brother, is the boys’ junior varsity basketball coach.

In April 2011, more than 100 people gathered at a school board meeting when a group of concerned parents had called for Reer’s removal as head coach.

The school board listened to the parents’ concerns at that time, but ultimately renewed Reer’s contract.

On Friday, the current school board members remained tight-lipped about Monday’s meeting.

“I’m not at liberty to make any statement,” school board member Sandy Lonz said when asked how she might vote on Reer’s contract Monday.

“Any comments have to go through Nancy Brown, our board president,” Lonz said.

“I’d rather not comment,” board member Brian Watt said Friday.

Watt edged former board member Steve Reer for a seat on the school board in the November election.

Brown confirmed Friday the boys’ basketball supplementals will be voted on separately.

“I’m not going to make a comment at this point,” Brown added. “The board will address the situation Monday and go from there.”

Brown said if a large number of people attend the 7 p.m. Monday meeting, it can be moved to the school cafeteria.


hit the road jack

Tough place to keep a coaching job,limited amount of talent and parents who think their kid should start or whatever.


Nothing gives credibility to a kid quicker than a parent getting on a public forum and telling everyone how good his kid is. Let the kid play and prove it. The next thing you're going to tell me is that he has the wrong last name to get a fair shake. Comparing the program to socialism? What ever you people in Monkeeville are smoking ... I'll pass!


Maybe the girls volleyball program has so much success because so many of the kids play in the off season? If I am not mistaken many of the successful boys this year play AAU? Sadly, if you want your kid to be successful, they need to put the time & money in, not just at the city park or in the driveway, but in playing games against quality opponents. They need to learn to play for a variety of different coaching styles and learn to show respect for the coaches they play for. Although you may not agree all the time with the decisions a coach makes, your child should not be able to see your frustration. Your job is to let your child know you support them, and to teach them how to be a successful member of society. Sometimes you butt heads with the people in charge, and you still have to fight through and do your job. Sometimes if you realize there is a problem, you have to be able to talk to your coach and share your thoughts, not have your parent do it for you. Sometimes you need to ask yourself "Am I doing all I can to be successful?" Am I wrong in saying the boys basketball program is not the only boys program at Monroeville struggling right now? Can all that blame really be put on every coach Monroeville has hired? Coach Reer and his staff has devoted a lot of time in developing a youth program, which is more than a lot of local schools can say. They have done a lot with a limited amount of resources, being from such a small school. The family has worked tirelessly to create and raise money for new softball and baseball fields, and a new gymnasium as well. How sad that some of this may not be finished because of personal vendettas. The success of the team towards the end of the season was due in large part to the fact that the athletes were playing as a team and buying into the system. The boys and coaches worked their butts off and had already begun open gyms in preparation for next year. Many of the boys are playing AAU because they want to play basketball. Yes, there were some good athletes that were missed, however, the least that you can say is that every boy there wanted to be there. That speaks a lot for the success of a team.


Very well said!


I have coached again them and while the talent isn't there right now, they are also sore losers and whiners sometimes


Being good against family members in the driveway and being good against varsity caliber players in a gym is completely pointless. While i see you are very proud of your kids. This is not the place. Not every kid is a winner in life and i feel as though some parents need their kids to feel what its like to face some adversity in life. Otherwise we are raising a generation of winners. Which gets them nowhere in life. Everyone want their kid to be a div. 1 athlete playing football bball or another sport at a big college. Guess what? Not very many kids get that. Maybe you should concentrate on the lessons you learn from not winning and playing for a sub par team. Like hard work and how to fight back when your down. Rather than just walk away its not your fault mommy and daddy will hold you.


What a complete joke by the school board in Monroeville. Reer and his staff have done a great job with the talent they had this year and have the program in line to be very successful the next two-three years. The senior class was a complete joke and the biggest wastes when it comes to sports at the school., unskilled, they are terrible. SO we blame Reer for all the boys programs being absolutely horrible. Coach K wouldnt make the seniors any good at basketball and if they were so athletic, why did they suck at every sport? The players and parents of the dedicated Monroeville players have nothing but great things to say about Reer because he is a dedicated coach who wants the best for his players. Players have to want to get better and these kids who played this year improved a great deal and no coach would have put more time and effort into the boys than this current staff. What coach would want to come to Monroeville and fill a whole staff and put up with horrible gyms, and go through all the crap Monroeville coaches go through. IT cant be fun and I cant see people jumping at this job. Its a shame they will lose a great person and coach like Zac and his staff due to a few people who dont like him while the majority want him to stay.


Your right we sucked at everything this year, but what about his first 5 years of coaching when we had a great football team every year and averaged 4 wins a year in basketball? Were these players just good football players and not athletes? Your logic is flawed a bit. His teams never got better and we were stuck in a place where he could be happy with a 6 win year. What job can you have for 10 years always underperforming and keep? This seems long overdue to me.


Let me know when you find a coach or group of coaches who will care for the kids and program as much as this group has. You won't. Good luck finding a coach at all. In at least 3 decades there has not been a mville coach last for more than 2 seasons (bball) until coach Reer. He's stuck it through even with all the bs from parents. Mville has always been about football, bball never has had the community support like football has.This ccoaching staff has made more sacrafices then anyone knows. I don't know why anyone else would want to come in and coach when all it takes is a few upset parents, because their kids are not good and not playing, to come in and complain and now there's a big mtg. With that being said if you talk to the AD this year he had no complaints about the coaches. This came from nowhere. Well, probably a school board member and some parents who don't have kids that play varsity with some jealous agenda.


Just curious as to where flyerpride55 got his information? The seniors did not "suck at every sport and were not terrible." The senior boys on the wrestling team were very successful this year. One senior was a state placer and two others were district qualifiers. Another senior who was a former basketball player for Coach Reer had a very good season in his first year of wrestling, unfortunately a concussion kept him from competing at sectionals. As far as the football team we all know it was not a good year, especially those seniors who worked hard every week to do the best they could. But unfortunately they were plagued with serious injuries and illnesses that never had them all on the field at the same time and all but one of five captains injured or ill for numerous weeks at a time. As far as Coach Reer if the AD, principal, and superintendent decided he fulfilled his job duties and goals that were set forth for him and they agreed to renew his contract it should not be questioned. I can't speak to the issues regarding Coach Reer as none of my children were coached by him. However, I do not feel the Board should be given the power to reverse the AD's decision. If the Board were given this type of control no current or future coach is safe and that would be a shame.


It's a pud basketball program with sub par athletes and apparently a community of delusional parents. Granted great athletes come from anywhere (e.g. the Fab Four wrestlers from Monroeville), but this is a team that would be beaten by 50 points by Norwalk or Perkins junior varsity programs.
Lack athletic ability/basketball skills/small pool of kids... makes things tough.


Ole45, you're one of those CLUELESS parents who thinks they know everything, but actually has no idea what they're talking about. As a person who has coached a variety of sports at several schools, I can make that statement with extreme confidence and accuracy. Let me give you some examples of why you are clueless:

1--"My son's a good basketball player, but he hates to lose and I WON'T LET HIM play for a team with bad coaches." That statement is so ridiculous, it's COMICAL. What makes you such an expert on coaching? Have you been the GM of an NBA team, coached at the collegiate level, or even been a high school coach or athletic director? My guess is NO!!!! Your ignorance is truly laughable, and your son is the only person being hurt by your choice to NOT ALLOW him to play.
2--"The same kids who play well at the park in the summer suddenly play bad in high school games." That is even MORE COMICAL. Thanks for providing me with laughter so early in the morning. This is HILARIOUS on so many levels: How many college coaches are at a community park in Monroeville, Ohio looking for players because the talent level is so great? ZERO!!! I'm guessing that most college coaches (except wrestling coaches) don't even know where Monroeville is, because the talent isn't there. That isn't because of poor coaching, it's because of no talent. Also, how much defense is played at the community park during the summer? My guess is, very little.
3--AAU does have some good aspects, but isn't a good thing overall. There is a lot of corruption at the AAU level because of coaches who only have their self-interests in mind, and (for the most part) much needed fundamentals (that are desperately needed at schools like Monroeville) are not learned or taught either.
4--Norwalk is good because they do have a good coach and system. But most importantly, they have talented athletes, height, and play well together AS A TEAM. Playing together as a team happened because the athletes listened to their coaches over the years and didn't have their parents make excuses for them.
5--"Men who care like I do who have their C & C permits and drink beer and work hard." How exactly is any of that statement relevant to high school basketball in Monroeville? Also, I hope you don't play with your guns while you're drinking all those beers.
6--"There are no lessons to be learned from not winning." Have you ever heard about a guy named Michael Jordan? You know, the guy who might be the greatest basketball player (Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, or The Big "O" might disagree) of all-time? The same Michael Jordan who failed several times, INCLUDING being cut by his high school coach. The Michael Jordan who has said on numerous occasions that he learned most of all from his failures and became a better player because of them.

Please keep commenting and providing us with some much needed entertainment on a Monday morning.


Did I say anything about the wrestling team in my post above??? No I was talking about the superior athletic seniors that didnt play basketball as seniors. The funny thing is I remember them as 7th graders and they never got any better after that year because they didnt put any time into bball outside of Heck who played aau. His skills though never got any better. I def agree about the school board not following the administrators decisions. If that is going to be the case get rid of the administration and have the school board hire/fire all school positions. If they are not going to listen to the admins the board is wasting taxpayer dollars to have them in place and nobody in that school has a safe job.


Great post Wally! I think Ole45 had a few beers before he started posting.

hit the road jack

How does anyone expect a school system of what 750 pupils(if that)think they are going to field a team almost every year? sure as hell not me! I have talked to previous coaches and assistants and the biggest problem is the parents and how their kid doesn't get to play and on and on,you can not make them happy no matter what.
If I had a kid and I knew the way things are at that school I'd send them to either Bellevue or Norwalk where they would have a chance.(that is if I had one that was any good)


eagles1814 if you do know your Monroeville history, how many good football teams were their from 1984-2004? Probably a lot. 8 to be exact. How many of those basketball coaches won a tournament game let alone a sectional title. ZERO titles. Zac within his first 7 years had two. It takes time to build a program and sustain it, which is very hard to do at Monroeville because of the lack of athletes and dedicated players year in and year out. Again since 2007 football has had one playoff appearance, zero baseball titles, and two basketball in a sense you can say Zac has gotten the most of the the boys outside of wrestling of any coach at the school in the last 7 years. It will be another 20 yeras before finding another homegrown passionate coach who would coach there, stay there, and build a program.


Nice post Flyerpride55!


First I apologize if I misunderstood your statement regarding the male senior athletic programs at MHS and the exclusion of the wrestling program. I am not and did not argue anything Coach Reer has or hasn't accomplished. As I stated earlier if he fulfilled all his job duties and goals and was recommended for renewal that is what should happen. It's great to have passionate coaches at any and every level. Obviously it does take time and commitment from both coaches and players to build successful programs and I hope that happens for the basketball team, football team, and all girls and boys programs. As a parent of Monroeville athletes I expect my kids to give all they have and hopefully they get the same from their coaches. Hopefully the athletes, coaches, and parents understand the big picture in the end and that is the primary focus should be on academics first and then building successful programs and working hard to accomplish that goal. The volleyball and wrestling programs are a prime example of how academic excellence and great programs can go hand in hand. If someone is able to continue their athletics into college at any level... that's great, but the most important aspect of this is being missed and that is the life lessons learned: Working as a team, developing time management skills, and forming life long relationships they can take with them as they move into the next phase of their lives....but that's just my opinion.


I would challenge you to find a coach who puts in as much time as Coach Reer does. Ole 45 Mag, we all know who you are. You are continuously putting Monroeville schools down. If you are so unhappy with the school system, maybe it's time for you to consider pulling your children and taking them elsewhere. Your endless rants are simply ridiculous and you make yourself look like a fool.

You can't compare Monroeville to Norwalk. It's like comparing an apple to an orange. Norwalk has a much larger population with a bigger pool of talent. They probably have tryouts and cuts. Everyone doesn't make the team. Monroeville, with a much small population, takes all who want to play. You play with the talent you have and you do your best. Losing is inevitable and it happens. You can't place all the blame on the coach. Since you seem to know SO much about basketball Ole Mag 45 maybe you should consider applying for the job. I've urged you before to go back to school, get a teaching license, and teach. Put your money where your mouth is. You seem to have so much knowledge about how a school should be run. Your comments are ridiculous!

From Ole 45 Mag, "MY senior daughter is still a virgin in both the vaginal way and the oral Clinton way. They do not accept the immoral sexual attitudes of either the heterosexual ways or the homosexual ways. " I'm sure your daughter really appreciates you posting this about her. Seriously? You are whacked! I'm sure she is mortified because EVERYONE knows who you are!!


Passion is great, a lot of people have passion but you need skill to go along with this talent. His teams never got better. His sectional championship was 1 win. As you stated he was the only coach that got more than 2 years, so he had a lot more chances to get the sectional championship. Also when a coach starts losing his players like Reer did that's the time for him to leave. Players won't perform for a coach they do not respect.

And Norwalk plays against schools that are equal in size with them as does Monroeville so you can compare them.


Maybe you should talk to the players who did not quit....the ones who fought hard! Those players respect him as a coach and a person. Those are the players who do not have to have their parents fight any battle they may incur. The ones who quit didn't want to be there....fine. the one was not good the other was lazy, but the boys who continued to play are the ones that matter and they will be there tonight in support of him! Its just sad to see parents allow their children to quit and its sad that parents who no longer have children play can cause this much hurt to a family which will in turn hurt the school. ..just you wait and see! !

hit the road jack

I'm just curious why they didn't put anything on their blog as to the new sports complex they want to build at the school,It will be interesting to see the supposed alumni pony up the bucks for their Alma Matter,I doubt that they will send the money back home,they got what they wanted and are no longer in the district.

Bird at a Feeder

First of all, how old are you people? If you are adults, you shouldn't be picking at a bunch of teenagers, grow up! Secondly, how many winning seasons in the past 10 years has coach Reer had? Third, does anyone think that maybe the reason Reer has been a coach for 10 years is because his dad was on the school board and the rest of the cowards on the school board were afraid to stand up to him. Maybe now that his dad was voted off of the school board, and we finally have some decent school board members who are willing to do what's best for the school (not his son), changes might be made. The school board needs to listen to the parents and the players. Parents and the former players have been complaining about Reer this whole time. Go to a game and listen to the parents sitting in the stands, everyone there is saying what an awful coach he is, remember that two years ago, 100 people showed up wanting his contract to not be renewed but at that time, his dad was on the school board, so of course it was renewed. Although Zac is a nice person, as a coach not so much.


Enough of the old players not liking him that was the past, does it occur to you that ZAc has changed some things to make him a better coach and person. If he was so bad why do all the parents and current varsity players stand by zac and his staff...answer me that. Again how many winning seasons have any boys program have had in the last ten years they are few and far between. If you don't remember the program was a mess when zac took over at 23 years old. The dad on the school board is an excuse, he never voted on zacs contract ever. I guess good luck to the next coach as they will reap the benefits of zacs hard work that he has put in next year as the team will be much improved. Maybe they will hire a basketball coach before the football coach... That process has been a joke.


Three administrators agree that Coach Reer should be renewed. Satisfactory performance evaluations. Limited resources and financial support. A joke of a gym.

If any blame can be laid, it is a Board of Education that micromanages and creates political fiasco's like this. A few months ago one of them referred to Black Swamp Volleyball as a "mafia" in public session. They don't like the Volleyball coach because she has high expectations. They don't like Coach Reer because his program has struggled. The football coach quit because of lack of support. This place is going downhill fast.

Maybe they need Logan Stieber to come to town to talk about what it takes to be a champion. Pretty sure he would tell them it's ultimately up to the athlete.


Well they got what they wanted....the board says they are doing what's best for the boys...I call bs...the team was crying and more upset than anyone. If they cared about the boys they would have listened. It wad all about having a little get together Friday night at a persons house whose kid no longer plays and having board members there and doing what he was paid to do. And the real pathetic thing is that not one board member looked up while voting. ..cowards. well the Reers will say goodbye to mville and move on to better things.


So your kid quit because of 6am workouts? I just laughed a little bit.


It is sad to see the precedent that was set into motion by the Monroeville School Board last night. Will any coach or teacher be safe when it comes to this Board? After last night I doubt it! I have lost respect for all Board members other than Mr. Helmstetter. In my opinion the board is a bunch of cowards. They were unable to make eye contact with the community, chose to go into executive session so they didn’t have to face the community, and then when all was said and done and some of the parents of current basketball players were stating the team would lose players… one of the board members muttered under his breath (again cowardly) but loud enough that some of the community did hear him, “Well just take them to St. Paul.” What does St. Paul have to do with any of this? It’s about as intelligent as his comment about the Blackswamp Volleyball Club and the Monroeville Volleyball team being a “Mafia”, or him voting not to renew any teachers or coaches the year before. If any entity in Monroeville needs cleaning up I would suggest starting with the Board, especially members who make these types of insensitive and irrational comments/decisions.


Eagleparent, I would like to know which board member said "well take them to St. Paul" would like to have a word with them.

Common Sense

That intonation certainly speaks volumes about the member of the board of education in Monroeville. It may be time for a lesson in tactfulness. Or is this the case of a sore loser?