Coaches Alberts, Gholson out at Heidelberg

Heidelberg University’s basketball programs will have new people in charge next season.

Men’s coach Anthony Gholson and women’s coach Marcie Alberts, who had each been at the school for five seasons, will not return.

Gholson and Alberts were reached Friday, but both declined comment, citing an agreement with the school.

“We wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors,” said Heidelberg Athletic Director Matt Palm, who also is the school’s baseball coach.

Gholson, a former standout player at Ohio Northern, was hired to replace Duane Sheldon after the latter left Heidelberg to become the head coach at Ohio Athletic Conference rival Baldwin Wallace. Gholson leaves HU with a 53-79 record, with his squads making the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament in four of his five seasons.

The high point for Heidelberg in Gholson’s tenure was his second season, when the Student Princes, with Sheldon holdovers Josh Calver and Travis Kinn and freshmen Nate Davis and Dane Givner, entered the conference tournament as a No. 5 seed and won two games to advance to the tournament finals.

This past season, the HU men finished 11-15, 6-12 in the OAC. They made the conference tournament, but were bounced in the first round by Ohio Northern. Davis and Givner, now seniors, each received postseason accolades. Davis made the OAC first team and Givner was honorable mention.

Alberts, a former star at Ohio State who played for the WNBA’s now-defunct Cleveland Rockers, ends her tenure with a 24-102 mark.

Her teams made the OAC tournament once. The HU women went 6-19, 2-16 in the OAC. They missed out on the OAC Tournament by losing a coin toss to Muskingum in the hours after the regular season ended.

Earlier this week, guard Kathleen Phillips was named to the OAC second team.

When asked about the search for a new coach, Palm said it will be “thorough.”

“We are going to start a search to find the best person to lead both programs,” Palm said.