DEFIANCE — After 17 years on the sidelines coaching the Bulldogs, Defiance High School boys basketball coach Kirk Lehman is retiring, the school announced Wednesday.

Lehman, a 1978 Defiance graduate, attended Ohio University and was the JV basketball coach at Logan High School before taking over the programs at Tinora and Rossford and, before the 2003-04 season, Defiance. Lehman retires with 37 years of teaching experience, having won a state championship in 2015 against Cleveland Central Catholic.

The board of education in Defiance approved Lehman’s submission of resignation Wednesday in a special meeting.

Lehman retires with a record of 254-146 at Defiance. Last season, the Bulldogs finished in the district final with a record of 17-8.

Under Lehman, the Bulldogs won two outright Western Buckeye League titles, in the 2009-10 and 2013-14 seasons, and two shared WBL crowns, in the 2011-12 and 2015-16 seasons.

The Bulldogs finished tied with Van Wert for fifth in the WBL for the 2019-20 season, finishing league action with a 4-5 mark.

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