Doug Castle is one of the academic encouragers who monitor the classroom progress of Ohio State student-athletes on a daily basis.
A veteran of 40 years as an educator, 30 of those as a principal, Castle coached football (eight years), basketball (eight years) and track (10 years) at Mansfield Senior High. He served 32 years as a Class One track and field/cross country official and 15 years as a Class One volleyball official, working numerous district, regional and state tournaments; he still teaches classes in volleyball officiating. He served as director of the Mansfield Mehock Relays from 1979-2000, and was the director of the J.C. Gorman Wrestling Tournament from 1999-2008.
Named by the Ohio Jaycees as the Outstanding Ohio Educator for 1972, he was the Mansfield Schools' employee of the year for 1992. Castle was honored by the NAACP with its 1999 Freedom Fund Award and received a Community Achievement Award for contributions to the African-American community in 1999. He has also been recognized for his contributions to peer mediation and drug abuse prevention in middle schools.
Castle earned his bachelor's degree from Marietta, where he earned two letters in football, and a master's degree from Akron. He and his wife Elizabeth have two children, Michael (an Ohio University graduate) and Elizabeth, who holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge, England.