Lincoln Memorial hires state champion high school coach 

A high school coach who led his team to back-to-back Ohio state championships will now take over one of the newest NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball teams.

Lincoln Memorial announced recently that it hired John Cash to be the head coach of the second-year program.

“I’m appreciative beyond words for the LMU family for bringing me into the fold,” Cash said in a statement. “I’m excited to work with everybody and to be a part of the Mars Maniacs. I feel very fortunate and I’m really excited to work with these young men. We build good bonds, we build good relationships, and we are all about winning, but at the end of the day we really need to be about producing good people.”

Cash led Miami East High School to girls’ volleyball state titles in 2011 and 2012 and as an assistant coach helped the school win another Ohio championship last year. The volleyball program before Cash’s tenure had won a combined 12 matches in the previous 10 years.

Along with his women’s volleyball experience, Cash was named the inaugural boys’ volleyball head coach at Fairborn High School in 2000. Fairborn in five seasons under Cash won 101 matches, made an appearance in the state tournament and produced eight college players who received scholarships.

Cash also is the father of two former Lincoln Memorial women’s volleyball players who both earned All-Region Team honors during their college careers.

“It is with great excitement and anticipation that we welcome John Cash as our head men’s volleyball coach,” Lincoln Memorial athletics director Matthew Green said in a statement. “Without a doubt, John embodies everything that we look for in a teacher, a leader and a mentor of young people. John is a proven winner on the court, but more importantly, his values align wonderfully with the values of LMU athletics. We look forward to the growth of the men’s volleyball program under his guidance.”

Lincoln Memorial went 11-17 in an inaugural season featured an upset victory against Limestone. Among the players returning for the Railsplitters includes three Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. All-IVA selections — opposite Evan Cory, outside attacker Joshua Riblett and middle attacker Pedro Carvalho.

Lincoln Memorial will open its 2018 season at the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge presented by MotorMVB with matches against Hawai’i on Jan. 12 and Sacred Heart on Jan. 14.