Paul Bricker was a Head Basketball Coach for 24 years, serving eighteen years at Middle Point, five years at Lima Shawnee and one at Crestview (Convoy – Union). His teams won 318 and loss 116, for a winning percentage of 73.3%
Paul graduated from Arcadia High School and Findlay College, where he was an outstanding football and basketball player. He received a Master’s Degree from Bowling Green State University. His wife, Mary Ruth, passed away last year. They have one daughter, Jean Gavin, a grandson, Richard and a granddaughter, Libbey. In the community he was active as a Mason in The Christian Scientist Church.
Coach Bricker’s teams won eleven League, nine Sectional and three District championships, advancing to the Regionals in 1943. During his career he won 116 league games and olost just 21. He was president of the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association in 1962-63; Coach of the Year in the State five times in basketball and Coach of the Year eight time in the Lima area.
Coach Bricker was an outstanding disciplinarian. He demanded and gained the respect of his players. Paul never stressed winning when working with his teams but always expected their best at all times. When his grandson, Richard, was young he brought him into his home to live with them. As a coach in a smaller school, he coached the teams at all levels and thus coached Richard as a fifth and sixth grader. As a teacher, Paul taught Spanish and history. He later became principal.