The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association is proud to announce that Rick Brook of Sebring McKinley High School is the recipient of the 1992 Paul Walker Award. The Paul Walker Award is presented annually by the OHSBCA to an active coaching member of the association who has made significant contributions to high school basketball. The award is named in honor of the late Paul Walker, the long time coach of Middletown High School. At the time of his retirement, he had the most wins as a boys basketball coach in Ohio High School Basketball history.
Rick graduated from East Palestine High School and then served in the U.S. Army from 1955-58. In 1962, he graduated with a B.A. from Muskingum College and married his wife, Barbara. He earned a Masters Degree from Youngstown State University in 1972. He and his wife have two sons, Jay and Dan. Jay and wife Diana have two daughters, Sarah and Megan. Their other son Dan and wife, Amy have two sons, Elijah and Noah.
Professionally, Rick began his coaching career as an assistant at West Branch in 1962. After two years he was named head coach at Leetonia High School. He became head coach at McKinley in 1967.
His honors as a coach include Coach of the Ohio North-South All-Star Game in 1970; 1973-present District Director of OHSBCA; First Annual Muskingum College Distinguished Coaching Award – 1975; Organizer and Director, along with Doc Daugherty, of the first Hall of Fame. In 1989 the Sebring High School Gymnasium was renamed “Brook Gym”.