McClain Basketball Coach Joe Stewart Retires From Coaching

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(UPDATED 8:45pm 5/5/22)
McClain boys basketball coach Joe B. Stewart has announced on his Facebook page that he is stepping down after four seasons of leading the Tigers program.

In 31 years of coaching, Stewart’s record is (376-307)

“This morning, I informed Mr. Bolender, my staff, and returning players at McClain of my decision not to return as coach next year. On several occasions during my travel with Athletes In Action, I have heard International Director Eric Nelson speak on the importance of “Coaching Self” in order to have the ability to successfully lead others authentically. One of the concepts I teach in our program is my father’s mantra that “Satisfaction is the enemy of improvement.” The calendar turning to May is the normal time I find myself reenergized for another year of leading young men at McClain Boys Basketball on a journey to living their best self and chasing excellence in a way that represents our school and community in a class manner on the basketball floor. But what I have found, instead, is a deep and real satisfaction looking back over the four year mission began May 20, 2018, with my hiring to rebuild our McClain Basketball program to a place of pride in our community and respect throughout southern Ohio.”

Stewart also stated in his Facebook post: “The memories I share with them and the satisfaction I feel with their growth and accomplishments as people, athletes, and teams that came together unselfishly to accomplish deeds greater than the sum of the parts provides me with a contentment that I have delivered on those promises made four years ago. The experience of celebrating a District championship as a Tiger player in 1975 and then as a Tiger coach 47 years later for me completes a long journey in a rewarding way. I believe that peace of mind is rarely found in a past remembered, or a future imagined; rather, it is found in our willingness to embrace the gift of living in the present moment with the knowledge that we have done our best to be the best we are capable of becoming as we walk through doors opened by Christ. In so doing, I’m especially appreciative of the love and sacrifices of my wife, Debbi Hollar Stewart. There would be no Coach Stewart without Debbi Stewart and I believe there are roles and goals ahead that will be fulfilling and valuable. I am forever grateful to have served my alma mater, our School of Beauty, as Head Basketball Coach and the support I have received from all ages throughout Tiger Nation.”

Stewart led the 2021-22 Tigers to the FAC championship and a Regional Semifinal appearance, where they fell to the eventual regional champ Waverly Tigers in overtime.

Stewart finishes a coaching career at his alma mater, having also made coaching stops that included Piketon, Hillsboro, Chillicothe, Edgewood, Madison Plains and Southern State College.

Honors and Awards
*Highland County, Ohio, Athletic Hall of Fame, Induction June 2019.
*Ohio H.S. Basketball Coaches Association District 14 Hall of Fame, Induction March 2014.
*Associated Press Ohio Division II Coach of the Year, 1989, Hillsboro High School.
*Associated Press Southeastern District Coach of the Year, McClain High School, 2019 & 2022;
*Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association District 14 All Star Game Coach, 2019; 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988.
*Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, Century Club Recognition, 300 Victories, 2017.
*Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association District 14 Coach of the Year, McClain High School, 2019; Chillicothe H.S.; 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992; Hillsboro H,S. 1989, 1988.
*Ohio Senate Recognition for Coaching Leadership; McClain High School, 2019; Hillsboro High School, 1989;
*District Champions: 2022 McClain High School, 1993 Chillicothe HS, 1986 Piketon High School.
*Sectional Champions: 2022 McClain HS, 2006 Hillsboro High School, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1992 Chillicothe High School, 1988 Hillsboro High School, 1986 Piketon High School.

*Varsity Coaching Record: (376-307), 31 year total; 17 former assistant coaches or players have become head basketball coaches.

Congressman Wenstrup In Chillicothe To Hear Concerns On VAMC Closing Recommendations

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Congressman Brad Wenstrup held a listening session at The Ross County Veterans Office in Chillicothe Friday, where he heard from military veterans and former employees of the Chillicothe V.A. Medical Center, concerning recommendations that could eventually close that facility.

The Cincinnati congressman says he was serving as Chair of the U.S. House Veterans Commission that led to studies concerning how veterans medical care should look in the coming decades.

While Wenstrup says any assessment is good business practice on what and what is not needed, he believes that recommendations for the Chillicothe V.A. campus does not make practical sense for the needs of our veterans.

“I think this V.A. has a lot of assets and people are accustomed to this location as well. I think that is important as we serve a large area, and your talking about moving things where some people would have to go to Dayton. Look, I’m a physician and I have been to the (Chillicothe) V.A. and I know many of the assets they have. I think you can do a lot of out-patient work there and there’s a lot of assets that are here. You have some lab, you have radiology and you can certainly have primary care there. If there is not a high demand there for in-patient surgery, then we (can) take a look at that and say maybe we don’t need to be propping that up.”

The Republican congressman, physician and military veteran talked about what the original intent of the Commission was in serving veterans needs in the future.

“We put into the Mission Act a couple of years ago, and I was chairing V.A. Health at the time, that we wanted to do an asset review of everything we had. And that’s a normal business process, right? And you also want to know if you are in the place where veterans are, and we do have a lot of veterans in this area. So, how do we best serve them?

Wenstrup says thee voices of veterans and V.A. employees are coming through loud and clear to lawmakers.

“So, I think this is far from being done and I want to be engaged with the Commission, especially as a physician. I hope that this Commission will come and view all the assets. There is somebody who is a care-giver that understands how out-patient facilities can work and what patients’ needs are, that really understand the needs and and we take a look at this in a proper fashion- so that we’re providing the best services we can for our veterans.”

Wenstrup says if out-patient surgery is not practical in Chillicothe, that aspect of veterans care could still be provided locally at private hospitals with the Department of Veterans Affairs paying for that.

Chillicothe Employment Expo: May 12th at OU-Chillicothe Shoemaker Center

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(Chillicothe) – OhioMeansJobs- Ross County, Ross County Community Action, Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, Pickaway Ross Career Technology Center, Ohio University-Chillicothe and other community agencies have joined forces to bring an in-person Employment Expo to Chillicothe.

Slated for Thursday, May 12th between 3pm-6pm at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center, the Employment Expo will feature over 60 employers and community agencies.  Participating employers are eager to hire for positions ranging from entry-level to management.  Community agencies will be in attendance to offer information about their workforce development initiatives and community programs. 

Computers and printers will be available for job seekers.  Be prepared to be interviewed on the spot. 

Refreshments will be provided by the Ross County Community Action and The Water Express.  Chillicothe Transit will be available for job seekers with transportation needs.  Door prizes drawings during the Expo. 

Community partners attending:  Ross County Reentry Program, Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, Office of Workforce Development, Vantage Aging, The Pioneer Center, Ohio University Career Ready, Pickaway Ross CTC, Chillicothe Transportation, Military Veterans Info Centers, Ohio Means Jobs, Ross Co Community Action, South Central JFS, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. 

The Expo is open to the public, no registration is required.