2018-07-08 / Sports

Montrose welcomes new varsity basketball coaches


The Montrose Board of Education welcomed new varsity basketball coaches Corey Oleyar (left) and Thomas “Jack” Chittle (right) at its regular meeting on Tuedsay, June 26. Photo by Jeanne Marcello The Montrose Board of Education welcomed new varsity basketball coaches Corey Oleyar (left) and Thomas “Jack” Chittle (right) at its regular meeting on Tuedsay, June 26. Photo by Jeanne Marcello MONTROSE – At the Montrose board of education meeting on Tuesday, June 26, two new varsity basketball coaches were introduced.

With the resignations of girls’ coach Damiekco Smith and boys’ coach Jason Danek, the Rams interviewed and hired two new coaches.

Corey Oleyar will be taking over the Lady Rams basketball program. Oleyar has been the junior varsity coach for the last two seasons, and prior to that, volunteered within the basketball program under coach Sam Spence. Oleyar is a Hill-McCloy High School alumnus, and is excited for the opportunity to give back to the community that offered him so many educational and athletic opportunities.

“My goal for the program is to build positive relationships within the community and program to develop a foundation of basketball knowledge and skill,” Oleyar said. “The program has been struggling for the last several years, but we have a lot of talented athletes that are coming up, and my job is to get them ready to perform consistently.”

Thomas “Jack” Chittle has been named the boys’ varsity head coach. Chittle is a Davison graduate, and has coached for the last seven years at Davison and Goodrich. Chittle played and coached under former Davison head football coach, Jake Emmendorfer, who is currently coaching at Montrose. Chittle is currently working in the Grand Blanc School system, and is still involved with Goodrich football.

Chittle comes highly recommended from highly regarded references in the athletic community, and Hill-McCloy High School is excited to welcome him to Ram Nation, Athletic Director Shayne Mishler said.

“I’m incredibly excited for the upcoming season,” Chittle said. “We have a core group of players coming back from last season. We also have some up and coming youth that can step on the floor and contribute right away. We hope to compete immediately to be the first-ever champs of the Mid- Michigan Athletic Conference. Off the floor we will have a strong presence in the community with volunteer time. Our new youth program will become a focal point of our entire program as we look to grow from the bottom up. We hope to provide the Montrose community with exciting basketball during the upcoming winter.”

Both coaches have started summer workouts, and have scheduled camps, clinics and shootouts.

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