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Boys Basketball: Loomis named Fostoria’s new head coach

FOSTORIA — Thom Loomis, a retired school administrator and longtime coach in several area sports, has been named Fostoria High School’s new head boys basketball coach.
Loomis, a 56-year-old former Redmen basketball player, was approved for the position at Tuesday night’s Fostoria City Schools Board of Education meeting.
He replaces J.T. Bates, who has taken the head football coaching job at Van Buren. Bates’ Fostoria basketball teams were 11-58 in three seasons, including 5-18 in 2016-17.
Loomis was in charge of Fostoria’s junior varsity boys basketball team last season as he began his third stint with the program.
Previously, he was a varsity assistant and JV and freshman coach at FHS from 1984-88 and again was JV coach in the 1996-97 season.
In between his first two Fostoria stints, he was the head boys basketball coach at Bettsville, where his teams were 42-85 in six seasons. In 1996, he guided the Bobcats to their first tournament win in 24 years.
Loomis taught in the Bettsville and Fostoria school systems before working as an administrator at Swanton, Arcadia and Gibsonburg. He coached eighth-grade girls basketball during three of his four years as principal at Arcadia and then assisted at Gibsonburg in an unofficial capacity for all of his 12 years there.
In addition to basketball, Loomis has coached high school baseball, softball, track and cross country, as well as travel softball with the Fostoria RedHawks and Tri-County Xplosion organizations.