Reinhart returns to high school coaching, to take over McComb

Dave Reinhart never truly left the coaching ranks, he just shifted his focus. This fall, he’ll shift it back to high school.

McComb hired the five-time state champion veteran Wednesday at its school board meeting, with Reinhart officially assuming his duties Aug. 1.

“It feels like it’s going to be a good fit. A new challenge,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

“My wife says I’m nuts,” he added with a laugh.

But experienced.

Reinhart last coached a high school team in 2002, his final year at Hopewell-Loudon, crafting a 474-52 record in two decades there. His Chieftains claimed 18 league titles, 16 consecutive district titles and eight consecutive regional titles.

Of the eight consecutive trips to state, H-L won the Division IV state championship in each of the last five – 1997, ’98, ’99, 2000 and 2001.

Reinhart spent the next decade helping mold the Blackswamp Volleyball Club into one of the state’s top programs, with coaches under him regularly guiding teams of various age groups to tournament titles and trips to nationals.

Reinhart said his familiarity with McComb players through Blackswamp has shown him the team has the talent and desire to succeed.

“It’s a great volleyball community. I know what their goal is and I’m going to help them achieve their goal,” said Reinhart, who was inducted into the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000. “Why am I going to take it? It’s a new challenge, I guess.”

McComb reached the Division IV regional finals in 2012, but fell to Buckeye Central in three games to finish the year 23-4.

Getting the Panthers to the next level is now the goal, something Reinhart said won’t come easily, but is possible.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun because I have great kids. One of their goals is to reach state and maybe win a state championship,” he said. “That’s way out there, but it could happen. McComb has never reached that. I really feel the desire is there for the kids. I think they’re going to have a lot of fun.

“I’m hoping I can help McComb,” he said. “It’s like I told the kids tonight, it’s their program, I’m just here to help them.”