Nocton is entering his eighth year as head coach of the Thunderhawks. Last year’s team finished 26-3 overall, first in the league, and won the state championship in the ORC State Tournament, for regional colleges, for the fourth year in a row. In seven years, his teams have gone 26-3, 22-5, 20-5, 24-6, 22-9, 20-9 and 20-8. Miami Middletown has won the league championship the last five years and the Thunderhawks were runner-up in Coach Nocton’s first two years.
Before joining the Middletown campus program, Bob was head boy’s basketball coach at Middletown H.S. for seven years. He was recognized as the Hamilton Journal Area Coach of the Year in 1998-99, when he led the Middies to a 15-7 record and GMC runner-up finish.
Prior to coming to Middletown, Nocton was the head coach at Columbian H.S. in Tiffin, Ohio. While at Columbian he received District 6 Coach of the Year and Northwest Ohio Division I Coach of the Year honors after leading Columbian to a school-best 18-3 record and their first league championship in over 18 years.
Coach Nocton also spent seven years in Houston, Texas in the 1980s. While at Marian Christian H.S., his teams were twice the State Champions in the 3A private school division.
Bob is an assistant principal at Edgewood High School and resides in Lebanon with his wife, Joyce, and two sons, Drew a sophmore at the Ohio State University, and Matt a junior at Miami Middletown. Coach Nocton’s third son, Kenny, and his wife Emily (Baker), are both graduates of Miami University.
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David Davis comes to Miami University Middletown with 35 years of coaching experience in a variety of sports and at levels from junior high to college. Coach Davis is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelors of Art Degree and a Masters Degree from Wright State University. Mr. Davis is a recent retiree having served Ohio students and families for 35 years all in the Lakota School District in West Chester, Ohio.
David and his wife Mary, a former graduate of Miami University Middletown's nursing program, live in Wayne Township. David's son, Ryan, is also a Miami graduate and is employed by Kings Toyota. His daughter, Libby, lives in Denver, Colorado and is employed as a private contractor.
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Clifford Johnsonwas born and raised in the Historic Dayton View area of Dayton Ohio. He now resides in Middletown Ohio with his wife Nicole, daughter Leah and son Maximillian. An alumnus of Miami University-Middletown achieving his Associate degree in the Arts, Coach Johnson was a member of the ThunderHawk’s first of many State Championships teams in the new millennium (2000-2002). After two successful years as a ThunderHawk, he then moved on to play one year at Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne Indiana.
Coach Johnson finished his schooling at Wright State University and received a BS in Managing Information Systems. He is employed as a Contract Negotiator at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Coach Johnson will bring a lot of enthusiasm and work ethic to Miami. His hope is to instill these values into the life of a ThunderHawk today as well as the life of a ThunderHawk of the future.
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