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On The Bench Podcast

The On The Bench Podcast features Northeast Ohio high school basketball talk with Ken Rector and Zac Jackson.
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Feb 18, 2018

Solon Coach Tony DeCesare joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson for a discussion on winning, jinxes, the value of guard play and his team's incredible season. 

Feb 16, 2018

Zac Jackson and Ken Rector debate the new proposed OHSAA transfer policy and discuss the absurdity of the state tournament utilizing different policies and methods for seeding teams in the same tournament. 

Feb 14, 2018

Todd Taylor of Southeast High School in Portage County joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson to discuss his program's rebuilding project, his long coaching career and how he's gauging progress in his second season. 

Feb 9, 2018

Wadsworth Coach Mike Schmeltzer joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson for a discussion of his 10 years as head coach, the difficult schedule his team faces, the growth of the program and more. 

Feb 2, 2018

Notre Dame College Coach Tim Koenig joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson for a discussion of his program, the NCAA Div. II recruiting structure, his career path and the amount of talent in Northeast Ohio high school basketball. 

Feb 1, 2018

Medina Highland Coach Adam Cestaro discusses the loaded Suburban League, his experienced team, navigating a long season and the future of the program. 

Jan 24, 2018

Tallmadge Coach Mike Bluey discusses his second go-around as a head coach, the growth of the program, the loaded Suburban League and more with Ken Rector and Zac Jackson. 

Jan 17, 2018

Chas Wolfe, director of the Dunk4Diabetes event at John Carroll on Jan. 28, stops by the podcast to discuss all seven games and the process of putting together such a star-studded field. 

Jan 15, 2018

Northwest Coach Mike Lower discusses his program's resurgence, the new district bracketing process, playing for his dad, coaching against his brother and more with On The Bench hosts Ken Rector and Zac Jackson.

Jan 7, 2018

Pitt-Greensburg coach Brody Jackson joins Ken Rector and his brother, Zac Jackson, for a discussion on recruiting at the NCAA Div. III level, his first college head coaching job, the differences between good high school players and successful college players and his journey to this point. 

Jan 6, 2018

Copley girls AND boys coach Mark Dente joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson for a discussion of both of his jobs, coaching his children, the loaded Suburban League and the rise of Copley's boys program. 

Dec 21, 2017

John Norris of Walsh Jesuit talks to Ken Rector and Zac Jackson about his trying 2016-17 season, his longevity in the coaching business, this year's Walsh Jesuit team and more. 

Dec 18, 2017

Ken Rector and Zac Jackson talk with longtime Green High School coach Mark Kinsley about his young team's solid start, the Federal League, the new Barberton District and what early confidence can do for a team over the long haul. 

Dec 13, 2017

Longtime Revere High School coach Dean Rahas joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson for a discussion on his program's goals, coaching Larry Nance Jr. and Pete Nance, and putting together a brutal non-league schedule. 

Dec 13, 2017

Brecksville-Broadview Heights coach Steve Mehalik joins the podcast to discuss program building, the Suburban League, raising the level and his 2017-18 team. 

Dec 6, 2017

Ken Rector and Zac Jackson sit down with Cleveland Central Catholic coach Jordan Duke for a discussion on the strange start to his head coaching career, his non-basketball duties and his long-term goals for the program. 

Nov 30, 2017

Barberton coach Jackie Greynolds joins his predecessor and former teammate Ken Rector, as well as Zac Jackson, for a discussion on homecomings, growing up with the Magics, his coaching journey and coaching his son, Jordan. 

Nov 29, 2017

Third-year Cuyahoga Falls coach Kenny Johnson talks to Ken Rector and Zac Jackson about restoring pride in the program, building a youth program, his long career as an assistant and the 2017-18 season. 

Nov 24, 2017

Norton Girls Coach Brian Miller talks with Ken Rector and Zac Jackson about building a program, sustaining success and chasing a trip to Columbus. 

Nov 21, 2017

Louisville coach Tom Siegfried joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson for a discussion on his program, coaching his son, scheduling up and maintaining high standards. 

Nov 16, 2017

The On The Bench Podcast catches up with Warren Harding Coach Andy Vlajkovich, who discusses high expectations, making a difference on and off the court and some of the recognizable names who have recently been a part of Harding's program. 

Nov 8, 2017

The second season of the On The Bench Podcast tips off with new Norton coach B.J. Sanderson joining the show. 

Jul 19, 2017

Ken Rector and Zac Jackson continue their conversation with the hosts of the "Worthy Of The Jersey Podcast," Eric Flannery and Tim Smith. In this part, they touch on everything from OHSAA tourney sites to coaching longevity to the annual optimism regarding the Browns that hits Cleveland at this time of year. 

Jul 18, 2017

Ken Rector and Zac Jackson team up with Eric Flannery and Tim Smith of the "Worthy Of The Jersey" Podcast for a discussion on the state of high school basketball in Ohio, the game's future, Flannery's 20+ years as head coach at St. Edward and what competitive balance will and won't change. 

Part 2 will post later in the week. 

Jul 1, 2017

Ken Rector and Zac Jackson are joined by Kenmore-Garfield head coach Matt Kersten, who discusses everything from the new school merger to his own playing background to the challenges facing coaches and players in the Akron City Series. 

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