Longtime Ohio State SID D.C. Koehl Passes Away
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University Department of Athletics lost another dear friend Thursday with the passing of longtime sports information director D.C. Koehl.
The 61-year old Koehl was in his 39th year with Ohio State’s athletics department when he passed from complications stemming from a fall he suffered back in late November.
“D.C. was one of the most dedicated and well-respected individuals in this Athletics Department,” associated athletics director Chris Schneider said.
“Not only did he provide great support to the coaches and student-athletes here at Ohio State, but he worked tirelessly for the sport of volleyball and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. We have all lost a dear friend today.”
A native of Columbus and a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, Koehl got his start at Ohio State as a basketball manager for Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor in the early 1970’s.
He served as head manager for the Buckeyes as a senior and immediately joined the school’s sports information office in July 1973 after graduating from Ohio State earlier that year with a degree in public recreation.
Although his background was in basketball, Koehl’s passion became the sport of volleyball. He was the athletics communications contact for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams for the last 30 years and spoke endlessly of one of the more underappreciated sports at Ohio State.
This past season, Koehl finally enjoyed the pinnacle of volleyball success as the Ohio State men’s program, under the direction of coach Pete Hanson, won its first NCAA championship.
“I am so thankful that D.C. had the opportunity to be with us in State College this past May to witness our finest hour as a program,” Hanson said.
“I really feel like he probably was out there playing every moment on the court with our kids. Though he would probably never show outwardly how much he enjoyed that night, I believe that deep down it might have been one of his best Ohio State moments. Those thoughts make me very happy for D.C.”
Along with his love of volleyball, Koehl also had a knack for numbers. He began crunching statistics for Ohio State football and basketball long before the existence for the World Wide Web and was honored with a 25-year award by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 1999.
Koehl served as the communications contact for the entire Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and also oversaw the daunting administrative task of handing out football credentials and parking passes.
“He will be missed greatly for his professionalism and support,” Hanson added.
“I have never met a finer BUCKEYE. He truly was a dear friend and colleague.”
Koehl is the fourth person close to the OSU Department of Athletics to pass since the conclusion of the 2011 football season.
The Buckeyes lost Jean Bruce, the wife of former head football coach Earle Bruce, and Joe Daniels, the team’s former quarterbacks coach in December. Earlier this month, they also lost associate athletic director Bill Jones, who died of an apparent hear attack.
Arrangements for Koehl have not yet been announced.
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