David Froelich grew up in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana before moving to Van Wert where he graduated from high school in 1975. He grew up in an athletic family with two older brothers and supportive parents who instilled work ethic, competitiveness, and core values. Serving as great role models, his parents and brothers set an example of how to be successful in all aspects of life. After playing basketball and baseball in high school, he became a four-year basketball letter winner at Alma College in Michigan and was a two-year captain while earning various team and league honors before graduating with a B.A. in Education in 1979. He later received a Masters in Sports Administration from Ashland University in 1983.
Upon college graduation, he began his teaching and coaching career at Perrysburg High School as a Business Education teacher while coaching football, basketball and girls track. He was extremely fortunate to begin his basketball coaching career with Hall of Fame coach, Larry Clark and spent four years with him as a varsity assistant. In 1983, he accepted the head coaching position at Colonel Crawford High School winning 141 games while spending nine years there as a teacher and Athletic Director before accepting the Assistant Principal job at Van Wert High School where he coached 21 years as the head coach and had 279 wins.
While always having a team first mentality, his teams played hard and were fundamentally sound, allowing them to win numerous league and tournament championships throughout the years. He also amassed various coaching honors with the following Coach of the Year awards several times: Crawford County, Lima News Dream Team, Western Buckeye League, AP North Central Ohio, AP Northwest Ohio, District 8 Division 2 and all divisions. He was also fortunate enough to coach the following All Star games: Mansfield News Journal, District 8, the Ohio-West Virginia, OHSBCA North-South, Ohio-Kentucky, and the Ohio-Indiana. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Bob Arnzen Award for his years at Van Wert High School.
As a 39-year member of the OHSBCA, he was first elected as the District 6 Vice President before moving to Van Wert. He then was elected District 8 President for three years, District 8 Director for two years and was then elected to serve on the OHSBCA Executive Board for a 10-year term, including serving as President from 2006-2008. In 2010, he was appointed to be the Ohio representative to the NHSBCA and was fortunate enough to receive the National Court of Honor award in 2014.
David has been married to the most supportive and understanding coaching wife, Rhonda, for 39 years. They are the proud parents of three daughters, Sarah, Melissa and Kayla and two son-in-laws Scott White and TJ Imm and four grandsons Jayden, Landon, Keegan and Gavin.
This award is a program award and Coach Fro has been blessed to have outstanding players, great assistant coaches, many who either stayed with the program for many years or went on to become head coaches, as well as supportive administrators who allowed him to coach with his tough and competitive approach. On behalf of all who made this award possible, he says thank you and is humbled and honored to be an inductee to the OHSBCA Hall of Fame 2018.