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Head Coach: Richie Beard


Coach Richie Beard enters his first season guiding the Celtics. Beard was previously the Head Coach at Whetstone High School for the last 3 years. Before his stint at Whetstone as the Head Coach, Beard assisted on high school boys' basketball staffs at Linden McKinley and Whetstone. Beard has coached on the AAU circuit for the last 9 years at multiple high school age groups. He has helped over 40 former players go on to play at the college level ranging from Division 1 to Junior College. He is entering his 11th year coaching organized boys basketball. A native of Troy, Ohio, Beard is a 2005 graduate of Fairlawn High School. Beard attended Wilmington College where he played on the Men's basketball team, before finishing his teaching license at Urbana University. He holds a degree in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Math, History and Reading. He and his wife Maggie currently reside in Clintonville and are proud parents of two extremely energetic boys, Jacoby (3) and Maddox (1). Beard will be entering his 5th year of teaching and his first year of teaching mathematics at Jerome.

Assistant Varsity Coach: Michael Craig


Coach Michael Craig is starting his second year as Varsity Assistant on the Celtic coaching staff. He served as Head JV Coach for the prior three years. He brings over 13 years of overall coaching experience to Jerome. He coached in the college ranks as an assistant for two years at Wittenberg and one year at Slippery Rock University. Coach Craig then assisted at the high school level at Dublin Coffman for seven years. Mike is originally from West Liberty, Ohio. He is the Athletic Director for Dublin Youth Athletics and resides in Dublin with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Cooper (10) and Bear (7).

Assistant Varsity Coach: Kurt Johnson


Coach Kurt Johnson begins his first season with Dublin Jerome and brings 18 years of coaching experience to the Celtics, with all but one at the high school level. Coach Johnson spent the past 2 seasons with Coach Beard at Whetstone High School, with previous stints at Hilliard Davidson (4 yrs.), Columbus Academy (8 yrs.), and Coventry HS, Akron (4 yrs.). Kurt received his B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University (2002), and M.S. in School Counseling from the University of Dayton (2007). Coach Johnson lives in Hilliard with his wife Jennifer, daughter Aubrey (7), and son Mason (5).

JV Coach: Zach Bott


Coach Zach Bott is in his fifth year of coaching at Dublin Jerome. He served as Head Freshman Coach for the first three years where his 2014-2015 team were champions of the Reynoldsburg 9th grade post-season tournament. Each year Bott has lead his teams to a winning record with last year's JV team posting a near-perfect season. Bott graduated from Ohio Wesleyan where he played four years of baseball and received a degree in History. He is a 2009 Dublin Coffman graduate where he played basketball and baseball.

Assistant JV Coach: Jim Miller


Coach Jim Miller brings over 30 years of coaching experience to Dublin Jerome. Coach Miller has been with the program for four years. His previous coaching experiences include three years in Indiana as a Varsity Assistant and twenty-five years as an eighth grade coach for Dublin Sells and Karrer Middle Schools. Coach Miller is a native of Rushville, Indiana. He received his BA from Ball State University and a Masters of Educational Administration from The Ohio State University. Jim and his wife, Allyson, reside in Dublin. Jim retired from Dublin Schools in 2007 and then headed two offices for the Ohio Department of Education for three years. Jim is now an HR manager for Justin Harvey Men's Clothing and Columbus Metro Federal Credit Union.

Freshman Coach: Taylor Harle


Coach Taylor Harle is in his second year as the head freshmen coach, and third year overall as a coach for the Celtic basketball program. He is also in his fourth year of teaching mathematics at Dublin Jerome High School and is the coach of the men's varsity golf team. Coach Harle spent one year teaching and coaching freshmen boys basketball at Newark Catholic High School back in 2013-2014. He graduated from Otterbein University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. While attending Otterbein, he competed on the men's varsity golf team and was an undergraduate assistant coach for the men's varsity basketball team.

Assistant Freshman Coach: Rick Harle


Coach Rick Harle begins his second season on the Celtics coaching staff and brings 14 years of coaching experience to Jerome. He has coached at every level, from middle school to Varsity head coach at Franklin Heights, Delaware Hayes, and Buckeye Valley High Schools. Rick is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He currently is in his 36th year of teaching Health and Physical Education, and teaches at Buckeye Valley High School. Rick lives in the Olentangy School District with his wife, Sonya. They have two children; Taylor, who teaches at Jerome and is the freshmen head coach, and Alissa, who works with the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament in Dallas, Texas.

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