Fairmont Basketball loses two coaching legends

Fairmont Basketball loses two coaching legends

Photo: Rachel Sheidler

Hank Bias (left) and Tim Cogan resigned their coaching positions at Fairmont in April.

If the resignations of Fairmont’s two varsity basketball coaches had come on April 1, Athletic Director Chris Weaver might have thought it was an April Fools’ joke. But it was no joke when Boys’ Head Coach Hank Bias resigned on April 10, followed by the resignation of Girls’ Head Coach Tim Cogan the next day.

Weaver, in his first year as athletic director, says he was caught off guard by the announcements. “It’s disappointing to lose two great coaches so close together,” said Weaver. “The success these two have had is unreal, and I wish them the best of luck.”

The two longtime hoops coaches cited different reasons for their departures.

In his 13 seasons leading the girls’ squad, Cogan compiled a record of 245-77. Although his teams had many great seasons, the pinnacle has to be this year’s team, which finished with a record of 27-1. The girls ended the season with a 13-game win streak that didn’t end until they had captured the State Championship on March 16.

The team also finished among the top 10 teams in the United States.

Cogan resigned his coaching position at Fairmont to coach at Carroll High School. Cogan graduated from Carroll in 1987, and his roots are still there, as two of his four children will be attending Carroll next year.

“The timing was just good,” said Cogan. “This is a very special time in my kids’ lives, and I want to be a part of it.”

Cogan just won’t be switching schools; he is also switching to coaching boys basketball at Carroll. “My coaching styles won’t change,” he said. “I will still coach to the game of basketball.”

Although Cogan is leaving Fairmont, he will remain as a teacher at FHS, and he says he hasn’t ruled out the possible chance of returning to coach a Firebird team. “I love Kettering and I love Fairmont, and after my career at Carroll, I’d love to coach here again,” said Cogan.

In his 12 seasons of coaching boys’ basketball at Fairmont, Bias compiled a 146-165 record. The best records came in 2005-06 and 2006-07, when his teams finished 17-7.

One of the main reasons for his departure is his health concerns. Back in 2010 Bias underwent hip surgery, and during the surgery doctors discovered five blood clots in his lungs. “I just think its time for me to go,” Bias said. “This team needs a new enthusiasm, and I want to see the boys succeed.”

But the end of his coaching career doesn’t mean he plans to slow down a lot. Bias said he plans to retire in the coming years and wants to move his family to Arizona. He will be taking a job as a team motivational speaker.

“I’ve enjoyed the ride at Fairmont and I am thankful for my experience at Fairmont,” said Bias.

The coaching search is still on for both positions at FHS. “We want to hire a coach that is an investment at Fairmont,” said Weaver. “We don’t just want a one and done coach.”