River High school head basketball coach Mark Romick has been selected to coach this year's Ohio boys squad in The Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Ohio vs West Virginia All-Star game.
Romick, whose own River team recently wrapped up a succesful campaign by going 15-8 and claiming an Ohio Division IIII sectional championship, is excited about the oppurtunity to work with some of the areas best basketball talent.
"It's a privilege to be selected to coach the team and a great oppurtunity for the kids to get to play with and against some of the best talent in the area," said Romick. "And, it is also for a great cause."
Romick's coaching career has spanned three decades, all with the Switzerland of Ohio school district.
A graduate of Frontier High School in New Matamoras, Romick attended Salem University in Salem, West Virginia.
After graduating college, Romick began both his teaching and his coaching careers in Monroe County.
Romick has worked his way up the ladder as a basketball coach, starting as a junior high school coach, advancing to junior varsity head coach before assuming head coaching duties at River some 14 years ago.
Married to his wife Debbie for 29 years, the couple have two children, daughter Lindsey and son Ryne.
Lindsey, who is in the chemistry field, had a very good career as a softball player at Marietta College, finishing her career with several team records.
Ryne, a graduate of the University of Akron, has followed in his dad's footsteps and is currently the assistant baseball coach at Ohio Valley University.
Romick will be very familiar with a few of his players in the BACF game as the River guard tandem of Tucker Brown and Sam Ramshire were selected to participate in this years game.
This year's contest will be played at Parkersburg South high school on Saturday April 2, with an approximate tip-off time of 6:15.
"Fans will get to see some of the best talent in the area, all at one place," said Romick.