Wapakoneta has filled the vacant basketball coaching position with a young gun who has experience in rebuilding programs to title contenders.
Doug Selvey, who has coached the last four seasons at Danville High School, has been recommended to the board to fill the vacant position.
The board is expected to approve the hire on May 28.
Selvey, 28, said he is excited about the opportunity to coach at Wapakoneta, and said he has always had his eye on this school and this town.
“I’ve always had Wapakoneta in my eyes,” Selvey said. And when the job came open, it was a no-brainer.”
Selvey said community support of area sports was one of the big determining factors in the decision.
“Hearing so much about the community support, hearing about the amazing facilities, Wapakoneta is behind their sports,” Selvey said. “I know how much they come out and support, football has great support, baseball has great support, basketball is kind of being held back right now.”
Selvey said he is coming here to put Wapakoneta on the map in basketball. He has his eyes on league titles. He has his eyes on more.
In four years at Danville, Selvey went 6-16 in his first year, 9-12 in his second, all the way to 21-5 in his final year. Danville won a district championship, but fell short in the regional semifinals.
Selvey said he has been coaching basketball for six years, and before his time at Danville, spent some time at Arcadia.
Selvey earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toledo, and went on to earn his Master’s at Ashland University. He is a graduate of Mount Gilliad High School where he played basketball.
Selvey said, however, that he has always wanted to be a coach.
“Even in college I would call up high school coaches in the area, looking for ways to get involved,” Selvey said. “I knew this is what I wanted to do.”
Selvey draws inspiration from two coaches, Rossford head coach Brian Vorst and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“Vorst has helped me realize a lot about the game, and I went to a Duke Coaching Clinic, and learned a ton from that,” Selvey said.
Selvey talked about his time at Danville, and how he hopes that his time at Wapak will be even more successful.
“Anytime you build up that kind of success, it is a good thing,” Selvey said. “I’m going to set the bar even higher, we’re going to be going higher and higher. We’re going to get Wapakoneta over the hump.”