Coach Jack Greynolds Jr. informed the Barberton City School District on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 that he has decided to resign as the Head Coach of the Magics Basketball Program. “I have bled purple since the hiring of my father, 50 years ago this year, and I will continue to bleed purple. I never wanted to coach anywhere else, except at Barberton.”
Coach Greynolds will continue teaching Physical Education at Barberton HS, but wants spend more time with his family as well as take care of the wear and tear that 34 years of coaching has taken on his body. “After multiple hip and back surgeries, and more to come in the future, I can’t physically do the job according to my standards.”
He plans on watching his daughter Elise play tennis for BHS her senior year and watch his son Jordan play basketball during his sophomore year at Allegheny College. He only was able to see a few of Jordan’s games during his freshman season in college while coaching his third season for the Magics. He and his wife Julie will now be able to travel to games together.
The Barberton Magics Basketball Program and the name Jack Greynolds are synonymous with one another. The Magics have been fortunate to have both Jack Sr. and Jack Jr. (Jackie) coach the program for twenty seasons, the last three Jack Jr. has led the program. Both coaches have over 300 career wins and are beloved by Magics basketball fans. Coach Greynolds had a message for the die-hard fans of Barberton Basketball “Many of you have watched me grow up and I am honored that I was able to come back and coach in front of you these last three years.”.
Jackie came HOME and fulfilled a lifelong dream of coaching a program his dad led to one State Championship (1975-76) and two State Finals overall (1976 and 1977). Jackie is the program’s ninth leading scorer overall with 1,032 career points (1981-84). His record as the head coach of the Magics the last three seasons was 32 – 37. Jordan played for the Magics and his dad his junior and senior seasons where he ended his career with 706 career points (27th on the career list for the Magics).
Jack came to Barberton with 353 career wins after creating his own name as a successful high school basketball coach. He previously was the head coach at Rootstown, Tallmadge, Akron Buchtel and GlenOak. Jack Jr. also had a message for his colleagues and players that he wanted to pass on. “I have nothing but the upmost respect for all of our staff, faculty, administrators and school board members here at Barberton. I have appreciated their friendship and support these past three years. The hardest part will be leaving our returning players. I know they will be successful on and off the court and I will always be available, if they ever need anything.”
The Barberton City Schools and BHS Athletic Department would like to thank Coach Jack Greynolds Jr. for his work with the Magics Basketball Program and our student-athletes. We wish him the best professionally and personally. Thank you to his daughter Elise, son Jordan and wife Julie for sharing Jackie with the Barberton Basketball Family.