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Darien McDowell Varsity Head Coach more details

Darien McDowell II, Class of 2013, is in his first season as the head men's volleyball coach at Oak Hills High School.

McDowell as a player, holds records at Oak Hills for attacks in a match, aces in a season, and is amongst the top in rankings for kills in a season, attempts in a season, serve-receive, and digs in a season. McDowell also served as a team captain and was voted most valuable player his senior year. McDowell received recognition as 2nd Team All Ohio, 1st Team All Region, 1st Team All GMC, and GMC Athlete of the Year, under Chris Morman in 2013. McDowell and the 2013 Highlanders were undefeated GMC Champions, placed 3rd in the region, climbed to a top 5 in state ranking, and finished with a record of 18-4, which is the program’s most wins and least losses in a season.

McDowell started his coaching career at Finneytown High School as a girl’s JV head coach in 2018, and then took over as the varsity head coach in 2019. The 2019 Wildcats had their best season since 2009 with an undefeated out of conference schedule, district final appearance, climbing to as high as number 4 in the region in the Coaches’ Poll, and a 9-14 record on the season. McDowell also served as a boy’s JV head coach and varsity assistant roll in 2019 for Walnut Hills High School during their undefeated ECC championship season. McDowell aided in the Eagles receiving the  AVCA Team Academic Award, a national recognition for team GPA.

In addition to his work at the high school level, McDowell was added to the Thomas More University men’s volleyball coaching staff as the head strength and conditioning coach and assistant coach for the Saints in 2019. McDowell also served as a strength and conditioning coach for the University of Cincinnati’s #1 overall ranked women’s club volleyball team in 2019-2020.

McDowell played Division I and III football at Morehead State University and Mount St. Joe University before finishing school at the University of Cincinnati as a health science major and marketing minor. McDowell’s sister, Ashley, was a state runner up in 2005 at Mother of Mercy HS, and played volleyball at the University of South Florida.

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Ryan Bross JV Head Coach more details

Ryan Bross, Oak Hills High School Class of 2012 is in his first season of coaching volleyball. As a player at Oak Hills Bross earned 4 Varsity letters, starting out as a setter, defensive specialist and eventually finding his home as an outside hitter. In 2011 he was a starting outside hitter and part of the Highlander team that went onto become GMC League Champions, finishing the season with a record of 16-4. In his senior year Bross served as the team’s floor captain, was voted the team’s most valuable player; as well as, received recognition as 2nd team all-region and 1st team all-conference. In the Oak Hills Boys Volleyball history Bross holds a spot in the top 10 most career kills. 

After graduation Bross went onto to continue his education at the University of Cincinnati where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

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Alex Anderson Varsity Assistant Coach more details
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