When Matt Cash decided to return to the position of head coach of Nordonia boys basketball, the influence of his young family was cited as a positive factor in his return.
Now Cash says a desire to be with that family is the chief reason for him to step away from the program for the second time.
Nordonia athletic director Rob Eckenrode confirmed Cash had submitted his resignation as head basketball coach March 25 and that it was accepted on March 26. He will continue to teach at Nordonia High School as a social studies teacher.
"Matt’s staying in the building," Eckenrode said. "I appreciate everything that Matt has done for the program in both times with us. He’s a great guy. I respect his decision. I hope that things go well."
A resident of Green, Cash said his reason for stepping away is to have more time to be with his family.
"I have four children five and under," Cash said. "Being 45 minutes to an hour away from home makes it hard for me to part of their lives. Just the time constraints of not being around my children is hard. I want to be there from my kids. I want them to remember me for being a good dad and not just a coach."
Cash’s second tenure as Nordonia head coach began in the summer of 2017. During his second go-around with the Knights, Cash had a combined record of 21-24. Nordonia finished this past winter at 11-12, losing to Garfield Heights 56-46 in Division I sectional final.
Cash first coached the Knights from 2009 to 2015 and led Nordonia to the district title in 2013. He had nothing but positives to say about the program.
"It was great. I love the kids. I love working with the kids," he said. "Last year, with that senior group, they had eight wins the previous two seasons and we had 10 wins last year. Every game was competitive. Those kids played their hearts out.
"This year, we updated our schedule and lost everyone of our post post players [to injury]," he added. "We still finished with 10 wins. They are great kids. They work hard."
Regarding the program, Cash said he did not "want to cheat the kids of Nordonia," noting the amount of time necessary to build the program was too great.
"Being away that long, my wife is a single mother because there’s so much time involved being a high school basketball coach," Cash said.
Regarding his successor, Cash said he wanted "a coach that cares about the kids. Style doesn't really matter."
To that end, Eckenrode said schools will accept applications for the head boys basketball coaching position through April 12.
"I’ve gotten a ton of applications already," Eckenrode said. "They are still coming in daily."
While admitting any position opening will be influenced by Nordonia’s operating levy in May, Eckenrode said he believe there will be plenty of good candidates for the job.
"I would say it would be an attractive job," Eckenrode said. "Thirteen year ago when I got there, Nordonia was just a football school. In the time I’ve been here, we’ve managed to have success in just about every sport."
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