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Tom Archdeacon

Award-winning columnist Tom Archdeacon is an old-school storyteller who writes about sports, the city, southwest Ohio and anything else that catches his fancy or yours.

Latest from Tom Archdeacon

Tom Archdeacon: Steubenville offender gets second chance at Central State
 One of the more controversial, polarizing — and, some say, mischaracterized — football players in the nation has joined the Central State Marauders and is vying for the stating quarterback job. How the venture ultimately plays out will make the story of Trent Mays one of second chances or second guesses. Five years ago, Mays &mdash...

Posted: a minute ago

One of the more controversial, polarizing — and, some say, mischaracterized — football players in the nation has joined the Central State Marauders and is vying for the stating quarterback job. How the venture ultimately plays out will make the story of Trent Mays one of second chances or second guesses. Five years ago, Mays &mdash...
Tom Archdeacon: Former Buckeye considering Central State
 Even though the newest edition of his Central State team was out on the McPherson Stadium field for a spring game preview of the season, it would have been understandable Saturday if coach Cedric Pearl was keeping one eye on the sidelines, as well. Future promise was there, too, in massive form. Marcelys Jones, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive...

Posted: 4 days ago

Even though the newest edition of his Central State team was out on the McPherson Stadium field for a spring game preview of the season, it would have been understandable Saturday if coach Cedric Pearl was keeping one eye on the sidelines, as well. Future promise was there, too, in massive form. Marcelys Jones, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive...
Tom Archdeacon: UD rowers determined to make a difference
 The first time she saw the photo of the missing brown-eyed girl it mesmerized her. That was five years ago and it’s no different today. “Her name is Sierra LaMar and she went missing relatively close to where I grew up in California,” University of Dayton rower Rosario “Rosie” Perez said Friday afternoon. &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

The first time she saw the photo of the missing brown-eyed girl it mesmerized her. That was five years ago and it’s no different today. “Her name is Sierra LaMar and she went missing relatively close to where I grew up in California,” University of Dayton rower Rosario “Rosie” Perez said Friday afternoon. &ldquo...
Tom Archdeacon: New Flyers coach unfazed by roster, coaching vacancies
 You know how the Easter parable goes: They roll back the stone and the tomb is empty. Well, Anthony Grant returned Monday from his trip back to Oklahoma City to see his wife and kids over the Easter weekend and when he got back to the Dayton Flyers basketball program he certainly didn’t find it empty, but there were a couple of noticeable...

Posted: 9 days ago

You know how the Easter parable goes: They roll back the stone and the tomb is empty. Well, Anthony Grant returned Monday from his trip back to Oklahoma City to see his wife and kids over the Easter weekend and when he got back to the Dayton Flyers basketball program he certainly didn’t find it empty, but there were a couple of noticeable...
Tom Archdeacon: The sack man sings for Central State Marauders
 He gave the perfect description. “My coaches here was mouth-dropped,” John Franklin said. “They was shocked. There was like, ‘Is he serious?’ They couldn’t believe what I was doing.” It happened late last summer when Central State opened its preseason football camp with four days of drills and brotherhood...

Posted: 12 days ago

He gave the perfect description. “My coaches here was mouth-dropped,” John Franklin said. “They was shocked. There was like, ‘Is he serious?’ They couldn’t believe what I was doing.” It happened late last summer when Central State opened its preseason football camp with four days of drills and brotherhood...
Tom Archdeacon: Former C-J, Oakwood athletes to meet in boxing main event
 It’s because things didn’t go as planned — be it their plan or a parent’s — that these two young women, Lauren Amongero and Aimee Pezo, will fight each other in the main event of the eight-bout Knockout charity boxing show at the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum on Saturday night. In the case of...

Posted: 23 days ago

It’s because things didn’t go as planned — be it their plan or a parent’s — that these two young women, Lauren Amongero and Aimee Pezo, will fight each other in the main event of the eight-bout Knockout charity boxing show at the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum on Saturday night. In the case of...
Tom Archdeacon: Anthony Grant’s first impression always a winner
 This is about first impressions. Not the one Anthony Grant made when he met with his Dayton Flyers players for the first time Saturday afternoon at UD Arena. And not the one he made soon after when he was introduced as Dayton’s new basketball coach at a Flight Deck gathering in the Arena that included his former UD coach Don Donoher...

Posted: 25 days ago

This is about first impressions. Not the one Anthony Grant made when he met with his Dayton Flyers players for the first time Saturday afternoon at UD Arena. And not the one he made soon after when he was introduced as Dayton’s new basketball coach at a Flight Deck gathering in the Arena that included his former UD coach Don Donoher...
Tom Archdeacon: Family comes first for new Dayton Flyers coach
 Friday afternoon at their home in Oklahoma City, Anthony Grant and his wife Chris were getting all ready for the big affair: Today’s “Welcome Back” press conference at UD Arena? The one where Grant — a former Dayton Flyers basketball player — gets introduced as UD’s new head coach? Nope. Friday was prom...

Posted: 26 days ago

Friday afternoon at their home in Oklahoma City, Anthony Grant and his wife Chris were getting all ready for the big affair: Today’s “Welcome Back” press conference at UD Arena? The one where Grant — a former Dayton Flyers basketball player — gets introduced as UD’s new head coach? Nope. Friday was prom...
Tom Archdeacon: Anthony Grant, Dayton Flyers a ‘perfect marriage’
 In the beginning, Don Donoher had one concern about Anthony Grant. “When he came in here for his first visit we were skeptical,” the former Dayton Flyers coach recalled with a chuckle Thursday afternoon. “I mean nobody in their right mind is going to leave the sunshine of Miami, Florida and come to snow-belt Dayton, Ohio...

Posted: 27 days ago

In the beginning, Don Donoher had one concern about Anthony Grant. “When he came in here for his first visit we were skeptical,” the former Dayton Flyers coach recalled with a chuckle Thursday afternoon. “I mean nobody in their right mind is going to leave the sunshine of Miami, Florida and come to snow-belt Dayton, Ohio...
Tom Archdeacon: Final Four coach an admirer of UD hire Anthony Grant
 New University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant inspired one current Final Four coach and former high school teammate to put pen to paper. Grant is close friends with South Carolina coach Frank Martin, who has the Gamecocks in their first ever Final Four. The two were high school teammates at Miami High School in Florida...

Posted: 28 days ago

New University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant inspired one current Final Four coach and former high school teammate to put pen to paper. Grant is close friends with South Carolina coach Frank Martin, who has the Gamecocks in their first ever Final Four. The two were high school teammates at Miami High School in Florida...
Tom Archdeacon: Anthony Grant a ‘natural fit’ as new Dayton Flyers coach
 Anthony Grant was “very interested” in the vacant Dayton Flyers coaching job, and the possibility of returning to his alma mater. This despite a plum gig as an assistant coach for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Grant went from interested to hired Thursday morning. The school announced Grant as its new head coach ...

Posted: 28 days ago

Anthony Grant was “very interested” in the vacant Dayton Flyers coaching job, and the possibility of returning to his alma mater. This despite a plum gig as an assistant coach for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Grant went from interested to hired Thursday morning. The school announced Grant as its new head coach ...