Jessy Bendik hired to lead Midview Girls Basketball program
Jessy (Verhoff) Bendik is the next Head Girls Basketball Coach at Midview High School. The recommendation was formally approved at the Midview Board of Education Meeting Wednesday (June 5) evening.
“I am excited to welcome Jessy to Middie Nation,” Athletics Director Dan May said. “She emerged from a competitive applicant pool due to her experiences as a player and as a teacher of fundamentals but also her vision for taking the program to the next level. She is committed to building well-rounded student-athletes who can excel on and off the court.”
Bendik replaces Rob Overy, who led the Middies to marked improvement over the last two seasons. Overy had to retire as coach to focus on his full-time job as a chief engineer at Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center, where he’s working on the Orion Program, which is hoping to get a U.S. astronaut back to the moon by 2024.
“I am both honored and blessed to have the opportunity to influence and impact the Midview Girls Basketball Program,” said Bendik. “I am passionate about the development of the potential and possibility of young athletes. Basketball is not just a sport, it is the vehicle in which I have the chosen to make a difference in the lives of these young women. I am excited to embark on this journey!”
Bendik, a native of Elyria, was a two-sport standout for the Pioneers from 1996-2000. As a senior, she became just the second Lorain County student-athlete to earn both Miss Volleyball and Miss Basketball. Bendik also earned All-Ohio honors for multiple years in both sports. She is a two-time member of the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame.
Bendik continued her basketball career in college, playing one year at Western Illinois University and then three years at Indiana State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a minor in Marketing from ISU in 2004.
Bendik serves as the Executive Director of Hoops & Volleys, which she opened in 2011 to provide an outlet for building self-esteem and character through sports. In addition, she coached one year of volleyball at Open Door Christian Schools, where she earned Lorain County Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2016.
“Dedication, commitment, perseverance and self-assurance will be required to build a successful program,” Bendik said. “The foundational principles of this program will assist Midview Girls Basketball in becoming a program of excellence. Be prepared to hold yourself to a high standard, work hard and have fun along the journey.”
Midview, who finished the 2018-19 season with a 7-16 record, has not had a winning season since going 12-10 in 2008. The Middies will need to replace four-year starter Kaeli Evins, who is continuing her basketball and softball career at Ohio Wesleyan University. Midview, however, returns a core of talented players, including seniors-to-be Natalie Maver and Meghan Newton as well as host of rising juniors with extensive varsity experience. • 2019-20 Schedule
An introductory meeting for players and parents will take place in the very near future.
“I look forward to meeting the players and the parents to discuss our partnership and the future of the Midview Girls Basketball Program,” Bendik said.
Bendik and her husband Jayson, who is the Assistant Principal & Community Engagement Coordinator at Horizon Science Academy in Lorain, live in Elyria with their five children.