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McDonald’s game picks Persin as coach

OAK HILL — Norm Persin just had his coaching career Super Sized.

After being named the National Coach of the Year earlier, the Oak Hill Oaks and former Chesapeake coach added yet another honor to his resume by being named co-coach for the McDonald’s High School All-Star Game.

The game will be played Wednesday, March 31, at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Persin and Dru Joyce of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s will coach the East All-Stars.

Persin is in his 33rd season as a head coach and currently has a 589-151 record. Last season he coached the Oaks to a 25-2 record and the Division IV state championship.

A graduate of the University of Rio Grande, Persin began his coaching career at Oak Hill. After six seasons he took a similar job for two years at Wilmington.

He then returned to the Ohio Valley Conference and coached at Chesapeake where he won 16 conference titles including 11 straight. He won three OVC championships at Oak Hill and is in line for a second SOC title this year.

Persin returned to Oak Hill in 2006 and has a 76-17 record in four seasons including 16-0 this year.

Persin is 10th on Ohio’s all-time win list. He has been named the Associated Press Coach of the Year twice, the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year three times, and was the recipient of the Paul A. Walker Award in 2002 for his overall service to high school basketball.