Prep basketball: Mintz takes over FHS girls program

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Craig Mintz enjoyed his first two years of coaching at Fostoria High School.

He’s now looking to spend a greater amount of time at the school in a different role.

The 32-year-old Mintz last week was named Fostoria High School’s head girls basketball coach. He replaces Gabe Sierra, who resigned after two seasons with a 12-35 record.

A veteran assistant coach, Mintz is taking on his first head coaching position.

“It’s an opportunity to make my own mark on Fostoria High School as a head coach,” he said.

For the past two seasons, Mintz was an assistant coach in the Redmen boys program. He was the freshman coach under head coach J.T. Bates in 2016-17 before becoming Thom Loomis’ varsity assistant last season.

Loomis was Gibsonburg’s principal when Mintz was a student there.

“I’ve really enjoyed being at Fostoria,” Mintz said. “There’s a great group of kids, faculty and parents.

“I think there’s a lot of talent that can be moded into a team that wins basketball games.” he said.

Mintz cut his coaching teeth as an assistant girls coach at Clyde to John Cahill, who stepped down in 2015 after going 315-103 in 18 years. Mintz was at Clyde from 2005 through 2010.

Mintz then coached Lakota’s girls junior varsity from 2011 through 2016.

Mintz was set to oversee his first open gym at Fostoria on Monday night.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I’m ready to get to work. I’m ready for the kids to walk into the gym. I’m ready to break the ice.”

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