Robert Tate was hired as Head Boys Basketball coach at Horizon Science Academy in 2014 after a three year stint as Head Girls Coach at Horizon Science. Creating a basketball community at Horizon Science Academy has been the goal for Coach Tate since he started coaching at the school in 2010. As the girls coach, Coach Tate accumulated a record of 29-53. Since taking over the boys program the boys have compiled a 26-44 record. In 2014 in his first season as boys coach they won their first tournament game since 2012.Coach Tate is also the Head Boys and Girls Cross Country coach and Asst.Track Coach in charge of distance runners. This will be his third season as coach. Every year the team has improved and more runners are starting to participate. The goal in cross country is to beat your personal best every day. By doing this you do not let yourself down or your teammates.Another role Coach Tate has taken on is starting competitive sports at the middle school level. Right now basketball is real successful but Coach Tate is hoping to get soccer and volleyball started soon.One thing that is important to the success of the program is success of the student in the classroom. Developing middle school students to high school students and high school students to college students is a goal for Coach Tate. Preaching “being responsible for your actions “is the goal that he wants his players to reach. Making student athletes responsible not entitled is the goal at Horizon Science Academy.Coach Tate teaches Physical Education at the middle school. He also teaches Character Education. Coach Tate got his Bachelor’s degree from Union Institute and his Masters from Grand Canyon University.Coach Tate lives in Reynoldsburg, Ohio but was raised in Zanesville, Ohio. He has two sons Kevin and Keenan. He also has a handsome grandson named Mathias.
Meet Boys Basketball JV Head Coach DeSean Benson. This is his first year as Horizon Science Academy High School JV Coach; he comes here with experiences from being player in high school at Independence High School. Then continuing his basketball career at University of Rio Grande for two years, and then transferred to Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus to finish up his basketball career there. After ending his basketball career he being to take interest in coaching the game he loves so much, he got his start volunteering at a local YMCA coaching there.Within that following year he got his first coaching opportunity at Chillicothe High School working with all three Boys Basketball teams there helping them to be an above .500 team at all three levels. He believes as a coach “You must prepare players for many different situations within the game and to teach them that basketball games are won One Play At A Time.” As a player he said he wish a lot of his coaches told him that during games because even though my college teams were above .500 we could of won the games we lost because we wanted to make up ten leads in one three. His goals here as a coach is build young boys into young men while using basketball to teach them to learn from life lessons, Basketball is a positive place to release all your problems and to shoot them into the air to later fall through the net and leave your mind.Coach Benson is a college graduate with his Bachelor and Associate degrees in Recreational management and Child development from Ohio University.In his spare time he loves spending time with his son Sean. He also is a Texas Longhorn fan, big Steelers fan, and he also has a pretty impressive shoe collection.