Karen Kase - Varsity head coach
Paula Midlik - Varsity assistant
Brittany Sebera - JV head coach
Barb Davis - 9th head coach
The 2020-21 season wrapped up Karen Kase’s 8th year as head coach of the girls basketball program at Medina and 10th year overall on the coaching staff. She was previously an assistant/JV head coach for Chris Hassinger. Kase has guided the Bees to Regionals in 2 of the last 3 seasons along with winning the Greater Cleveland Conference in 2019-20 & 2020-21. She now ranks 2nd in all-time coaching victories at MHS between her own two high school coaches - John Semenik & Dale Weygandt.
The 2020-21 team made it back-to-back conference titles for the Bees, and the squad went undefeated in February with 10 wins in a row. Medina defeated Midview & Highland for the District Championship, and advanced to Regionals where they were able to play on their home court as Medina served as host school.
On Jan 29, 2020, Kase's team defeated Brunswick for her 100th career win. The team also claimed the league title for the first time in 7 seasons, winning the 2019-20 Greater Cleveland Conference Championship (tied with Solon at 11-3). She --along with her staff of Paula Midlik, Brittany Sebera, Barb Davis-- earned GCC Coach of the Year. Six players were also named to the All-GCC Teams, highlighted by Player of the Year Lindsey Linard.
Kase guided the 2018-19 squad to a 23-3 record which included an 18-0 start to the season, a District Championship, and the Bees’ first berth in the Regionals since 1992-93 when she was a sophomore. The team also won the KSA Championship in Orlando, Florida. Thanks to the team’s success, she was named the Medina Gazette Winter Coach of the Year. Medina has advanced to the District Tournament in 7 of 8 years and to Regionals twice under the guidance of Kase.
A 1995 graduate of MHS, Kase played basketball, soccer and softball. She ended her career ranked 4th on Medina’s all-time girls basketball scoring list and was a starter on the 23-1 team that reached the Regional Semifinals in 1993. Kase earned 11 letters in high school and was inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Coach Kase attended Xavier University and was a member of the soccer team for four years, helping the team to a first-ever NCAA appearance. She graduated with degrees in sport management and business, and later earned her master’s degree from Duquesne University in leadership.
Kase has always been involved with basketball – as a player, front office employee & coach. Before moving back to Ohio, she spent 15 years in various sports marketing and public relations roles across the United States. She has worked for Xavier University, the PAC-10 Conference, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns/Phoenix Mercury, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Sting and the NBA. For four years, she oversaw basketball communications for the WNBA at the league’s headquarters in New York City and worked closely with media, teams, players and staff. Kase works at Guardian Angels Church and has also been a freelance sports writer for various publications. She has volunteered as a Junior Achievement sports marketing teacher at Lake High School and a classroom speaker at Medina High School and St. Francis Xavier School.