Owens Community College is proud to announce the addition of three new coaches for Owens Express athletic programs. The new assistant coaches are Paul Habrecht of Toledo (Soccer), Shelli Smith of Sylvania (Volleyball) and John LoCascio of Toledo (Baseball).
"We are very pleased with the leadership and experience these three new assistant coaches bring to benefit the student-athletes at Owens Community College," said Michael Rickard, Owens Express Athletic Director.
Habrecht is a graduate of John Carroll University earning his bachelor's degree in history. During his collegiate soccer career, he received First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) honors in 1999 and 2000 and was named the 2000 OAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year.
In addition, he was First Team All-Ohio and First Team All-Great Lakes Region. Team captain as a junior and senior, Habrecht was a USAA Academic All-American and a member of the Verizon District IV Academic Team in 2000. A member of the National College Honor Society, he works in the landscaping industry.
Smith, a graduate of Clay High School, earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo in 1989. She is a teacher in the Toledo Public Schools and also served as a volleyball head coach for the past 12 years at Toledo Central Catholic, Notre Dame Academy, Bowsher and Sylvania Southview high schools.
Her teams captured five City League and three Northern Lakes League championships. Coach Smith also was a three-time Coach of the Year in the NLL and serves as a USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Coach for the Toledo Volleyball Club.
LoCascio is a graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School. He received certification in high pressure boiler operations from Owens Community College in 1982 and serves as a boiler engineer at Sherman Elementary for the Toledo Public Schools.
His coaching experience includes serving as the head junior varsity baseball coach at Libbey High School from 1996-1999 and the school's head varsity baseball coach for the past three years. LoCascio also has served as an assistant baseball coach at St. Francis De Sales and Start high schools. During his high school baseball career he received All-District, All-State and Honorable Mention All-American honors. In 1978, LoCascio was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the Major League Baseball draft. He played professional baseball for three years.
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