After being an admired basketball coach and teacher for the past 20 years, John Lindsay’s accomplishments were celebrated the weekend of February 9 when the high school basketball court was named in his honor.
As coach for the varsity boys’ basketball team, Lindsay has more wins than any other basketball coach in Ottawa Hills history. He has mentored many students and players and sent them to outstanding colleges, including multiple Division I schools to play basketball.
In addition to his success in athletics, John Lindsay is also the high school business teacher. Some of the classes that he teaches includes Personal Finance, Accounting, and the senior-only Professional Networking and Communications class.
The ceremony to dedicate the court was held on Saturday, February 9th at noon. The high school Choraliers opened up the ceremony by singing the National Anthem, and superintendent Dr. Kevin Miller gave the welcoming statement. One of Lindsay’s former players, Pete Kadens (‘96), then began the long list of players past and present who spoke about Mr. Lindsay’s impact on their lives. Some of these players included Peter Westmeyer (‘97), Phil Beans (‘09), Ben Silverman (‘14), and James Silk (‘19). After Pete Kadens presented the dedication, the ceremony ended with a few remarks from Coach John Lindsay.
Directly after the ceremony, there was an alumni basketball game, where over three dozen of Mr. Lindsay’s former players competed against each other in a scrimmage.
That night, there was a home varsity boys’ basketball game against Liberty-Benton High School. At halftime, Pete Kadens said a few words about Coach Lindsay and presented him with an engraved gift . Ottawa Hills ended the game with a win, beating the Liberty-Benton Eagles 59-45.
Senior basketball player James Silk explains how Mr. Lindsay has affected him over the past four years, “Coach Lindsay has taught me numerous basketball skills and life skills. His professionalism and approach to the game has worn off onto all of us. We are very grateful to have him as a coach.”
Mr. Lindsay’s impact on athletes and students alike over the past 20 years is immeasurable, and his name will now and forever be enshrined as an example of Ottawa Hills’ athletic greatness.