South Range boys basketball coach John Cullen is up for a national award.

The long-time mentor was selected by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association as Ohio's candidate for the NFHS National Boys Basketball Coach of the Year award.

Cullen has been the coach at South Range for seven years.  During his tenure, he's led the raiders to multiple 20-win seasons and eclipsed 500 wins for his career.

Before that, he was the director of basketball operations for the Youngstown State Women's Basketball program.

Cullen's high school coaching days go way back.  He spent 28 years as the head coach at Canfield, and also served as the skipper for both Brookfield and Badger.