COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University and the Department of Athletics lost longtime administrator D.C. Koehl today from complications of a fall he had in late November. He was 61.
Koehl was in his 39th year with the Department of Athletics. He joined the department’s sports information office in July 1973 after graduating from Ohio State earlier that year with a degree in public recreation. He was a basketball manager for four years while an undergraduate, working for Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor, and served as head manager for the team as a senior.
“D.C. was one of the most dedicated and well-respected individuals in this Athletics Department,” associated athletics director Chris Schneider said. “Not only did he provide great support to the coaches and student-athletes here at Ohio State, but he worked tirelessly for the sport of volleyball and the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. We have all lost a dear friend today.”
A native of Columbus and a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, Koehl started a statistics and record service for the school’s athletic teams. His love of statistics followed him to Ohio State, where he was the go-to person – and an excellent one – for football and basketball statistics even after statistics became ubiquitous with the introduction of the World Wide Web.
A reference in an Ohio State basketball media guide in the 1980s stated that Koehl “has devised a system of storing historical athletic information in a computer.”
Koehl loved the sport of volleyball. He was the athletics communications contact for the men’s and women’s teams for the last 30 years. He coordinated the promotion and publicity efforts for countless NCAA-qualifying, Big Ten- and MIVA-champion teams, and dozens of All-Americans and players of the year. And this past season he enjoyed the pinnacle of volleyball success as the Ohio State men’s program, under the direction of Pete Hanson, won its first NCAA championship.
“I am so thankful that D.C. had the opportunity to be with us in State College this past May to witness our finest hour as a program,” men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson said. “I really feel like he probably was out there playing every moment on the court with our kids. Though he would probably never show outwardly how much he enjoyed that night, I believe that deep down it might have been one of his best Ohio State moments. Those thoughts make me very happy for D.C.
“He will be missed greatly for his professionalism and support. I have never met a finer BUCKEYE. He truly was a dear friend and colleague.”
Koehl was the communications contact for the entire Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, and he served as a communications contact for the Ohio State sports of rifle and pistol.
And for years and years he oversaw the daunting administrative tasks of football credentialing. And that task, too, he did exceptionally well.
“D.C. Koehl was incredibly dedicated to The Ohio State University and the countless student-athletes whom he chronicled and promoted over his career,” associate athletics director for communications Dan Wallenberg said. “His attention to detail and meticulous archiving efforts have been invaluable for both staff and media alike. He will be missed by all those who came to know and love him.”
A member of the College Sports Information Directors of America for 37 years, Koehl was honored with a 25-year award by the organization in 1999.