• Wilch

    Brian graduated from Fostoria High School in northwest Ohio in 1977; his father was a teacher and his high school basketball coach and his mother was an elementary school secretary--education has always been in his genes. As a high school student, Brian was a member of the National Honor Society and was chosen for the Tommy Bender Annual Athletic Award--Fostoria's equivalent to the Ray Hyser Award at HHS, but for all varsity sports. As a "late bloomer" and much to his father's chagrin, the 6’1”, 160lb version of Brian was a marginal basketball player at best! :) He graduated with a Business Education Teaching degree from Bowling Green State University in 1982 where he met his wife, Jennette. Brian's favorite color has always been orange--Go Falcons! Jennette graduated in three years; it took Brian five, so that's an average of four--and he paid 100% of college expenses from summer factory work (you could do that back then!)! Brian began teaching Accounting and Keyboarding at Fremont Ross High School while coaching basketball and junior high football. In 1986 he took a similar position at Westlake High School. In 1987, he became the head boys basketball coach at Westlake until hanging up the shoes when his first child was born; the '92-'93 team finished with a school-record 20 wins and a regional appearance, a record that still stands today--that's an ideal scenario to exit the coaching profession! During Brian's eleven years in the classroom he increased enrollment within the business elective teaching area each year--an accomplishment he's very proud of; teaching was always the priority! While at Westlake, he earned a masters degree in school administration from Baldwin-Wallace College and obtained principal licensure. For the remaining 6 years, Brian served as an Assistant Principal at Westlake, then left for the same position at Aurora High School in 1997 to shorten his wife's commute to JoAnn's Corporate office in Hudson. A year later, he accepted a position at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School and was an assistant for 3 years before becoming the high school principal in 2001. BBHHS earned a National Blue Ribbon award for academic achievement in 2008--the same year as Hudson (only 5 public high schools in Ohio were so recognized that year.) During the last three years at Brecksville-Broadview Hts., Brian would walk to school on the last day in recognition of academic achievement--a 14+ mile hike, departing his home in Hudson at 2:30am to make it to school on time!  Brian completed coursework and obtained Superintendent Licensure through Ashland University while at Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Eight years later, he accepted the principal position at Hudson High School (2009)--the district where all four of his children were enrolled. All four children have now graduated (sons Derek in 2011, Lucas in 2014 and Jacob in 2016, and now Lesli in 2019)! At HHS, the following question guides Brian's approach when working with young adults, "what if it were my child?" Please don't hesitate to seek him out via phone, email, or in person if you have questions or concerns.