On Tuesday, September 28th, Kayleigh Coleman became the first volleyball player in our school history to have 1,000 career assists. Kayleigh has been a varsity setter since her Freshman year, allowing her to accumulate a large amount of assists. A player is awarded an assist whenever that player sets the ball to a teammate who attacks the ball for a kill. The kill results in the team scoring one point. Congratulations Kayleigh! More coverage can be found at the Portsmouth Daily Times, our local newspaper.
As a high school athlete Bud was a three year starter in varsity basketball. He was chosen as a SOC All-Star and Scioto County League All Star in both his junior and senior years. He was the second leading scorer in the area his senior year, averaging 23 points per game.
In baseball, he started and caught every game during his four year varsity career. He helped lead West to both the SOC and Scioto County League championships his senior year.
Bud returned to West in 1968 as a teacher and coach. He coached junior high and freshman football, varsity basketball, varsity baseball, and varsity golf. He coached from 1968 until 1979. Bud is the only coach in the history of Washington-Nile Local School District to win SOC Championships in three different sports: Basketball 1973, Baseball 1977, and Gold 1974-75. The 1973 Basketball Team was also Scioto County League Champions. His team won several Sectional tournaments. Bud was named SOC Coach of the Year in 1973.
Bud became assistant principal at West in 1979 and was named principal a year and a half later. During his years at West he was elected to the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southeast District Board. He also served on the Ohio State Athletic Association State Board of Control. Also during this time he was co-founder (along with Earl Thomas Conley) of the Earl Thomas Conley Scholarship.
Bud left West in 1993 to become superintendent at Union Scioto Local School District in Ross County. He accepted a superintendent’s position at Eastern Local in Pike County from which he retired in 1999.
In 1997 Bus was named outstanding administrator in the Southeast District by the Ohio School Board Association.
Mr. Eric Nichols, Special Education Director and Mr. Jeff Stricklett, Superintendent, among other administrators, address the faculty and staff of Washington-Nile Local School District on opening day before the students arrive tomorrow, August 24th. Discussions included new hires and staff changes, exciting new policies and a positive outlook to a new school year. We can't wait to see our students!