Coaches

Varsity

Jeff Hite
  • Position: Head Coach
  • Number: #25
  • Year: 10th
  • Record: 161-94

Coach Hite is a 1978 graduate of North Canton Hoover HS where he was a first baseman and pitcher from 1976-78 under Gordon Knisely.  Hite continued his playing career at Ashland University under Coach Lou Markle while also earning a BS degree in Education in 1982.  In 2006, Hite was elected to the Ashland University Athletic Hall Of Fame.  Prior to being head coach of the baseball team at Hoover, Coach Hite spent 14 years as Hoover’s head softball coach recording a 341-64 record.  Hite is currently in his 29th year of teaching in the North Canton school system.

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Contact Information:

(330) 312.1102 (cell)

jah3nc@northcantonschools.org

Bryan Ashby
  • Position: Assistant
  • Number: #23
  • Year: 6th
  • Record:

Coach Ashby is in his 6th year of coaching the varsity pitching staff. Ashby posted an impressive pitching career both at North Canton Hoover High School (1988 graduate) earning All-Ohio honors his senior year and at Kent State University where Ashby was named captain of the 1992 Golden Flashes squad. Ashby is a member of the 2014 Stark County Amateur Baseball Association Hall Of Fame. Ashby was a 3-sport athlete at Hoover also playing football and basketball. Ashby earned a BBA degree in Marketing from Kent State and is owner/partner of Next Generation Building Solutions.

Junior Varsity

Josh Runner
  • Position: Head Coach
  • Number: #
  • Year: 4th
  • Record:

Coach Runner is in his 4th year of coaching in the Hoover baseball program. Runner spent 2 seasons coaching the Hoover freshman before moving up to junior varsity last season. Runner is a 2006 graduate of North Canton Hoover HS where he played two seasons under Coach Hite. A 2010 graduate of the University of Mount Union, Runner played one year of college baseball. Runner teaches Kindergarten at Clearmount Elementary.

Jon Lucas
  • Position: Assistant
  • Number: #
  • Year: 21th
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Coach Lucas is entering his 21th year of coaching high school baseball at Hoover High School. Jon served as freshman coach for 16 seasons and for the last four seasons he has been part of the junior varsity coaching staff. A native of New Castle, PA, Jon graduated from West Virgina University in 1972 with a degree in Biology. Jon is employed by AT&T as an IT Supervisor.

Freshman

Darren Ware
  • Position: Head Coach
  • Number: #
  • Year: 3rd
  • Record:

Coach Ware is in his 3rd year of coaching in the Hoover baseball program. Ware coached the Hoover freshman last season. He assisted with the Hoover freshman team the previous season and has 16 years of coaching experience at the high school level. Ware is a 1991 graduate of Parma Holy Name HS and played baseball collegiately at Gulf Coast CC in Florida and Walsh University. Ware is a middle school science teacher in the Brown Local School District Malvern).