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Monroeville hires alum Roeder as boys hoops coach

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 27, 2018 at 4:11 PM

MONROEVILLE — Monroeville High School announced alum Paul Roeder as its new head varsity boys basketball coach in a press release on Friday.

A 1976 graduate, Roeder was a standout one one of the greatest teams in MHS history. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach in the program.

“This will be Paul’s first head coaching job, though he has a wide variety of coaching experience at all levels,” Monroeville athletic director Ben Paul said. “His high expectations of athletes and his positive approach to coaching are easily seen in his interactions with players in both practice and game.

“Paul brings an incredible passion for Monroeville basketball and a strong desire to build a quality program that is not only competitive, but that prepares it’s athletes for many of life’s challenges,” he added.

During his playing days at Monroeville, Roeder scored 990 points for his career, which ranks fourth all-time in program history. His 505 points in the 1975-76 season is still the most in program history.

Roeder also scored 341 points as a junior (17.1 average), and averaged 16.8 points per game over 59 games in his Eagles’ career, which ranks sixth all-time.

His 21.1 scoring average in 1975-76 is second all-time in a single season at Monroeville, narrowly behind legendary College of Wooster men’s basketball coach and 1970 MHS grad Steve Moore (22.1).

In Roeder’s final two seasons at Monroeville, the Eagles won back-to-back Firelands Conference championships. They were a combined 27-1 in league play over the two seasons, sharing the title with St. Paul in 1974-75 and winning it outright in 1975-76.

In 1975-76, the Eagles won five tournament games to win sectional and district championships. They finished regional runners-up, falling to Windham by a point, 63-62.

Upon graduation, Paul received a full athletic scholarship to attend Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich. He started two seasons at Henry Ford and the team achieved a No. 2 national ranking.

After two years at Henry Ford, Roeder earned a scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University, a Division I school in Hammond, La.

For his accolades and community service, Roeder was a 2013 inductee to the Monroeville Community Hall of Fame.

“Paul’s strong ties to the Monroeville school, community, it’s athletes and families as well as his character and integrity make him well suited to this task,” Ben Paul added in the release.

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