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  • Two-Time All-Ohio basketball player

  • Two-Time State Champion (player & Asst. Coach)

  • Four-Time SVC Coach of the year

  • Three-Time SWBL Coach of the Year

  • Six-Time District Coach of the year

  • 2015 AP Ohio Division III Coach of the Year

  • 2016 Head Coach Ohio vs Indiana All-Star Game

  • 2022 OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Coaches Award 

  • Winningest Coach in Piketon Basketball History

  • Winningest Coach in Northridge Basketball History

  • 12 Sectional Titles, 8 League Titles, 5 District Titles,

  • 1 Regional Title, 1 State Final 4

  • Six times to Coach the District 14 & 15 All-Star Team (both boys and girls)

  • 2012 Named to coach the North/South All-Star Team

  • All-Ohio AAU Coach 1987-1997

  • Over 400 career wins as Head Coach

  • NBA Tryouts New Jersey Nets 1982; Washington Bullets (Wizards) 1983

  • Guest Speaker Nike Basketball Championship Coaching Clinic 2015

  • Wrote an Article on the Passing Game Offense in Winning Hoops Coaching Manual

  • Author of two books "My Faith & Basketball" "In Jesus' Name I played"

  • Youtube
Click here to see Jeff Lisaths' presentation at the Nike Basketball Coaching clinic: Mastering the 1-2-2 Defense

Jeff was twice named an All-Ohio basketball player at Portsmouth High School, where he led the Trojans to a State Championship in 1978.  Jeff was named the State Tournament MVP, a member of the PHS Hall of Fame.  He attended college at Miami Ohio University where he lettered four years in basketball. He was Team Captain, Defensive Player of the year, Marshall North Award Winner. 


After two tryouts in NBA Camps, Jeff decided to get into coaching where his first coaching position was at the Columbus Technical Institute now known as Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. After a successful three seasons with the Cougars Jeff decided to return home to Portsmouth, Ohio where he joined the staff at Portsmouth High School and helped lead the Trojans to another State Title in 1988.

Jeff's passion for the game and willingness to give back to the community never waivered as he held several events in Portsmouth from his senior year in High School in 1978 to the present time. The most memorable being the Bannon Park Classic and The Jeff Lisath Summer Basketball League for all age groups including adults.  Jeff was also the founder of the community's first "Just Say No" program during Nancy Reagan's campaign. 


The campaign against drugs became Reagan's most memorable achievement —thought by some as showing the destruction of addiction, yet condemned by others who say it helped lead to mass incarceration and demonized black communities, during this era many who thought the message was naively simplistic and ineffectual. Yet Lisath use the message for teen prevention and became well-known in Ohio for creating alternatives to "street life" and education on the dangers of substance abuse among teens. 

Jeff received his AA, BA, and MA degrees at Miami University and Ohio Christian University. Now working as Assistant Superintendent at Northridge Local Schools after retiring as Prison Warden in 2016 for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.


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