Former Oak Hill head coach Norm Persin gives instructions from the sidelines during the Divison III sectional final against Ironton on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Jackson High School. (Photo By Kent Sanborn/southernohiosportsphotos.com)
Former Oak Hill head coach Norm Persin gives instructions from the sidelines during the Divison III sectional final against Ironton on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Jackson High School. (Photo By Kent Sanborn/southernohiosportsphotos.com)

According to reports from the Portsmouth Daily Times, former Oak Hill coach Norm Persin came out of retirement to accept the job to become the head basketball coach at Valley High School, per Valley Athletic Director Darren Crabtree.

Persin, who announced he was retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 basketball season from Oak Hill, confirmed his hiring at Valley High School in a story posted today on the Ironton Tribune website.

Persin, who is awaiting surgery for a torn meniscus, said he had been sitting around watching TV and was growing board when his phone started ringing.

He said he had no plans or interest of coming back to coach in the Oaks’ final game against Ironton in the Division III sectional finals back on Saturday, Feb. 22.

“I’ve been coaching a long time,” Persin said after the Oaks’ final home game against Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 11. “But I have been fortunate with good players and excellent support, which was witnessed here tonight by the fans and how they got into it. I have been lucky with that, and I’ve dedicated my game to basketball. It’s been my life, and people don’t understand.

“They think it is about game night and stuff like that. They don’t understand the time dedicated to it during the summer and the extra-time during the fall. It’s like every single night, I wake up, and I am thinking about the game of basketball. There is no time off.”

Persin told the Ironton Tribune that he had no intentions of this happening until they (Valley High School) started calling. “They just kept coming at me, and then they called and left a message and asked me to get back to them.”

Persin currently stands at 766 wins, and just 214 losses in his career, ranking him third all-time among Ohio coaches and his .786 winning percentage is tops among active coaches. Only Richard Kortokraz (890-372) from Kalida and Joe Petrocelli (831-305), who coached at Kettering Archbishop Alter from 1964-2013, have more wins.

See an updated story in an upcoming edition of The Telegram.