Mike Verdi

Mike Verdi

Mike played on Padua High School’s best ever basketball team that had a record of 22-2. He also played on two Crown Conference championship baseball teams in the 70’s. Mike played one year of basketball at Cleveland State University before getting into the coaching ranks. He coached CYO at St Francis de Sales before being hired to coach at Padua High School.  Mike had 16-2 and 18-2 records as the JV coach before becoming the varsity assistant. Mike was hired in the 80’s as Columbia High School’s boys varsity coach. He was named Plain Dealer coach of the year in 1992 when Columbia went to the regionals of the state tournament. Mike is recently retired from teaching. Mike has been a member of the Head Start Basketball Coaching staff for two years.

Mike loves teaching the fundamentals of basketball to young players and brings a wealth of  coaching experience to Head Start Basketball.  He is a camp and clinic staff member as well as being one of our HSB Skills Trainers.

Coach Verdi was great with Ben!  He ran him through some good drills, made sure to correct and encourage Ben, and kept up a good dialogue with me as we watched Ben practice.  I think he’s a great coach and will really help Ben a lot.  I can also tell you that Ben was so pumped last night afterwards! – Ruth from Hinckley

Addicted to Getting Better - On and Off the Court