Julie McCullough begins her second season as an assistant coach with the UNOH Lady Racers basketball team in the 2011-12 season.
Coach McCullough spent the two years before coming to UNOH as the varsity coach of Kenton High School where she also taught Physical Education. Prior to teaching and coaching at Kenton, she was the Graduate Assistant coach at Defiance College where she received her Masters of Education in Sport Science Track. While at Defiance, McCullough coached a Freshman of the Year in the HCAC conference and had an eight game turn-around in one year.
McCullough's playing experiences began at Manchester High School in Michigan and continued at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, where in two years her team won a conference, state and regional championships. As a captain during her sophmore year, her team went to the national tournament as the No. 1 rated school in the country and finished the year with a 33-3 record.
After two seasons at Kalamazoo Valley C.C., McCullough transferred to a NCAA Division I school, the University of Texas-Pan American to continue playing basketball. As a senior captain, McCullough was the leading rebounder for the team and graduated with a Kinesiology degree with a minor in Special Education.
Coach McCullough resides in Lima with her husband, Bill.
Kyle Menchhofer begins his first full season as the head women's basketball coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio in the 2011-12 season. Menchhofer was named the interim head coach November 15, 2010 after the retirement of Rick Bowersock, finishing the season with a 15-15 record.Menchhofer was hired March 30, 2011 and finished the season with a 13-13 record.
"This is a once in a lifetime experience, and I am honored and humbled for the opportunity to be named the head women's coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio," Menchhofer said. "I would like to thank Dr. Jeff Jarvis and the UNOH community for giving me the opportunity to coach at a university which embraces the family concept of teamwork."
Menchhofer made his college coaching debut on November 19th, as the Lady Racers faced crosstown foe, OSU-Lima/Rhodes State. Coach Menchhofer fells last season has helped him gain his confidence to be the Lady Racers head coach.
"I want to thank the twelve players and coaching staff (Julie McCollough and Mike Armbruster) of the 2010-11 season for the opportunity to coach this past season. They gave me confidence and played hard no matter what the score was. It was an honor and a privilege to coach and teach the game of basketball to these ladies," he said.
Coach Menchhofer's previous four years at UNOH has instilled his personality and coaching throughout the university. UNOH President Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis stated "Kyle Menchhofer has been a part of the University of Northwestern Ohio for four years and is the type of individual I like to surround myself with. He stepped up this past season with taking over our women's basketball team mid-season, and it is an easy decision to make him our head women's basketball coach on a permanent basis. In addition to (athletic director) Chris (Adams) and my opinions, the players, faculty and staff endorsed Kyle Menchhofer as our coach."
Menchhofer spent the previous four seasons as the assistant men's basketball coach under head coach Chris Adams. In those four seasons, the Racers totaled a record of 53-69.
"Kyle Menchhofer brings a wealth of experience to the UNOH women's basketball program," Adams said. "He has outstanding rapport with his players. He is the type of coach who is firm, yet really cares about his players. He's a genuine person and the players feed off that."
Menchhofer came to UNOH with 16 years of coaching experience at all different levels within high school. Before arriving at UNOH, coach Menchhofer was the head coach at New Knoxville High School for two seasons, and in those two seasons, he led the Rangers to two sectional titles. Menchhofer also spent two seasons as the varsity assistant coach at Elida under Coach Adams.
Menchhofer wanted to thank all of his previous mentors, "There have been a number of influences in my basketball coaching experience that I need to thank: Gale Daugherty and Joe Campoli (Ohio Northern University), Steve Moore (College of Wooster), Chris Adams (UNOH/Elida), my dad, Bill Menchhofer (long time girls head coach), and Mike Kanney (Celina/Coldwater). These men taught me the game of basketball and the values in which is instilled such as hard work, dedication, preparation and loyalty. These are the same values that I intend to pass along to current and future players at the University of Northwestern Ohio."
Menchhofer received his bachelor's degree in Business Education from The Ohio State University. He also received a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the Unviersity of Findlay. Menchhofer is married to Kim and they have three children, Kylee, Kami, and Kassie.
The UNOH Lady Racers basketball team added a member to its coaching staff for the 2011-12 season. Coach Alexa Kennedy joins the staff after playing for the Lady Racers the last four seasons.
Kennedy leads the Lady Racers record book with games played (116), minutes, games started and 3-point field goals made. She ranks second in career scoring, career defensive rebounds and career assists.
Kennedy was a team captain all four years. She was named an Academic All-American. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing.
Prior to coming back to UNOH, Kennedy was the junior varsity volleyball coach at Lima Central Catholic High School.
A graduate of Archbold High School, she resides in Lima and will be married to former UNOH men's basketball player Brandon Miller in May.