Legendary Bay High Basketball Coach Rich Voiers, 1934-2021

Legendary Bay High basketball coach Rich Voiers left a legacy few have matched in the annals of scholastic sports.

Throughout his career, which spanned 31 years from 1963-1994, Coach Voiers accumulated a  461-182 record and won an unprecedented 14 Southwestern Conference championships.

Voiers was also beloved as an educator, heading the school’s OWE program where he guided countless students en route to lifelong career paths.

Coach Voiers died this week at the age of 86.

Here is Coach Voiers bio (from the National High School Basketball Coaches Association):

RICH VOIERS OF BAY VILLAGE

Voiers’ heading coaching career began at Bay Village in 1963-64, following seven years as assistant coach. He remained at Bay Village as head coach through the 1993-94 season, with an outstanding overall record of 461 – 182 in those 31 seasons.

Among his teams’ accomplishments were fourteen league titles, thirteen sectionals, three district championships, three regional appearances and runner-up at the regionals in 1989. He had two undefeated regular seasons in Bay Village in 1977 and 1989. As a coach, he was named Coach of the Year in the SWC thirteen times, Cleveland four times, and Northeast Ohio twice. He earned state recognition as Ohio Coach of the Year in Division II in 1989, Coach of the North-South All-Stars in 1977 and 1994 and Ohio-Michigan All-Star Coach in 1989. In 1975 and 1976 he was President of the Cleveland Coach Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the OHSBCA for eleven years, and was a recipient of the prestigious Paul Walker Award, presented by the OHSBCA in 1993.

Coach Voiers graduated from Greenhills High School in 1953. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in 1957 and earned a Master’s degree from Kent State University in 1969. He took additional course work at Cleveland State University in Vocational Education.

In addition to his basketball duties, Voiers extended his coaching abilities to other sports. Rich served as defensive coordinator in football from 1962 through 1977, head track coach from 1957 through 1964, and varsity golf coach from 1966 through 1970. During his summers of 1980 through 1993, Coach Voiers ran the Bay Basketball Camp and from 1963 through 1985 was Director of Recreation / Pool at Avon Lakes Country Club. His professional memberships beyond coaching organizations included the Northeast Ohio Teachers Association, Ohio Vocational Association and Bay Teachers Association.

Throughout his career, Coach Voiers said that teaching young people important lessons in growing up was the enjoyable challenge. It was his firm belief that to become successful, they had to develop habits of preparation, practice and team work, coupled with sound emotional and physical skills, as action tools for their eventual success.

Rich and his wife, Maureen, have three sons: Dr. Douglas Voiers, who with his wife, Nancy, has three children, Scott, Lauren and Stephanie; Richard Voiers, who has two children, Alexandra and Ryan, with his wife, Mary Ellen; and foster son Gregory Haneline, who with his wife, Laurie, has three children, Matthew, Chad and Jeffrey.

RICHARD E. “RICH” VOIERS

December 21, 1934 – October 18, 2021

RICHARD E. “RICH” VOIERS age 86, loving husband of 64 years to Maureen (nee Sullivan), devoted father of Doug (Nancy), Rick (Mary Ellen) Greg Haneline (Lori); dear grandpa of Scott, Lauren, Stephanie and Sean; Alex, Ryan, Maddie and Halle; Matt, Chad and Jeff; great grandpa of Elle; brother of Phyllis Ertel (Mike-deceased). Rich was a Green Hills High School and a 1957 Miami Univ. graduate. Dedicated teacher and coach at Bay High School from 1957 – 1994. He was awarded numerous coaching awards and Hall of Fame inductions. Rich was known for his fiery, take charge spirit and relentless pursuit of winning. During his early years he was a highly accomplished athlete where at Greenhills High he was voted the number one football player in the Cincinnati area by the Associated Press. He attended Miami U. on a football scholarship, switching to track where he excelled as a conference champion sprinter. Upon graduation he took a teaching position at Bay where he pursued his athletic passions coaching golf, track, baseball and eventually becoming the head defensive football coach for 15 years. His greatest accomplishments were realized as head basketball coach where he won 14 conference championships, gleaning numerous top honors including 13 Conference Coach of the Year awards, the Paul Walker Award, Ohio Coach of the Year and Cleveland Coach of the Year on four occasions. Rich was also inducted into the Miami Cradle of Coaches Hall of Fame, Greenhills High School Hall of Fame, Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Bay High Athletic Hall of Fame. He took tremendous pride in teaching and especially the wealth of students he taught at Bay High. Rich earned his Masters in Education from Kent State in 1968 was inducted into the Bay Distinguished Educator Hall of Fame in 2021. Passed away Monday, October 18, 2021. FRIDAY from 3 – 7 PM. Funeral Mass, St. Raphael Church (525 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village) Saturday, Oct. 23rd at 10 AM. Friends may call at the McGORRAY-HANNA FUNERAL HOME OF WESTLAKE, 25620 Center Ridge Rd. (West of Columbia Rd.) Family suggests memorial contributions to Rich Voiers Scholarship Fund, Go to https://bayalumni.com/ and Click on Scholarships scroll down to Voiers Scholarship (To a graduating Bay High senior who has been active in Bay Village High School’s Men’s or Women’s Basketball program).

 

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