February 8, 2019
A Conversation with Coach John Lindsay
John Lindsay grew up in Toledo with a love for sports and competition. Even his parents’ choice of his godfather seemed to predestine his career. That godfather: Bobby Nichols. Mr. Nichols was a long-time head coach for the University of Toledo men’s basketball team who retired as the winningest coach in the history of the Mid-American Conference.
After this weekend, Mr. Lindsay – a 25-year teacher at Ottawa Hills – will share a distinction with the late Mr. Nichols. Both will have courts named in their honor. In 2008, the University of Toledo honored Coach Nichols by naming its Savage Arena basketball court after him. The Ottawa Hills Board of Education has followed suit, naming the high school gym’s court in honor of Coach Lindsay. A day-long series of dedication activities is planned for tomorrow (February 9). Read related story
“On behalf of my family, I am honored and humbled by this honor,” said Mr. Lindsay, who was named Ohio Division IV “Co-coach of the Year” in 2010. “I’ve been blessed with great students, parents, and colleagues.” His family will be at Saturday’s dedication: wife Hilary and son John Jr. (35) and Kyle (34) and daughters Shannon (30) and Kelsey (28). All but John Jr. graduated from Ottawa Hills High School; Shannon was the homecoming queen. “Moving into the village was one of the best decisions I ever made,” said Coach Lindsay.
We caught up with Coach Lindsay in his high school classroom. There during the week, his rotating schedule includes eight classes, including Entrepreneurship and Career Explorations/Keyboarding; Accounting I, II and III; Personal Finance; and a course titled Professional Networking and Communications, which he co-teaches. But it’s after class during basketball season that another aspect of his character appears: that of tenacious coach and generous mentor. We passed him five questions – some easy, some hard. He even candidly admitted he can dunk. Sort of. Read the interview
PERFECT TO A TEE: To commemorate the dedication, Student Council organized a T-shirt sale. Nearly 180 shirts were sold and were being picked up by new owners this week. Great job, Student Council. (Modeling the shirts are ninth-grader Drake Furey and teacher/Student Council advisor Jessica Kozy.)