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Stein reflects on 35-year coaching career

Looking for a job while a senior at the University of Findlay, Jim Stein saw a posting for a teaching position in Bellefontaine. He knew very little about the town, but pursued the opening.


Bellefontaine tennis coach Jim Stein talks to first singles player Rohan Prasad during a match against Lima Shawnee this spring. Stein is retiring after 35 years as the leader of the BHS program. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Thirty-five years later, Stein is wrapping up his Bellefontaine teaching career as well as his long run as the head boys and girls tennis coach at BHS.

“I remember coming down for my interview and driving through town,” said Stein, who played tennis in high school in Port Clinton and also at Findlay. “I drove past Mary Rutan Park and saw the tennis courts, which were really nice. I said to myself, ‘I really hope I get this job.’ ”

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