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      HEAD COACH OPENING 2018   10/22/2017

      CONFIRMED HEAD COACH CHANGES IN 2018 Lafayette Central Catholic;  Don Collier Brian Nay Hired Kankakee Valley:  Zack Prairie  Derek Thompson Hired Valparaiso:  Dave Coyle Steven Mueller Hired Evansville North:  Brett Szabo Joey Paridaen Hired from Eastern Greene Hamilton Southeastern:  Scott May  Adam Morris Hired  Peru:  Bob Prescott Romaine Saint-Louis Hired North Daviees:  Scott Helms  Trent Fine Hired Evansville Central:  Andy Owens Troy Burgess Hired River Forest: Austen Robison  Joe O'Connell Hired Shelbyville:  Pat Parks Mike Clevenger Hired from Clinton Prairie Rushville:  Scott McMurray Dan Rector Hired  Cathedral: Rick Strieff:  Bill Peebles Hired from Lawrence Central  South Spencer:  Tom Packer John Edge Hired  Bishop Dwenger:  Chris Svarczkopf  Jason Garrett Promoted  Maconaquah: Mark Hartman  Austin Colby Hired  Anderson High School:  Robert Brown  Highland:  Trent Grinder Pete Koulianos Hired from Hanover Central  Southern Wells:  Steve Yencer Greg Mose Promoted  Warsaw:  Phil Jenson  Bart Curtis Hired From Mishawaka Lawrence Central:  Bill Peebles John Rodenberg Hired  Eastern Hancock:  Jim O'hara  Tri-Central:  George Gilbert  Shane Arnold Promoted Franklin County:  Kirk Kennedy  Wes Gillman Hired Hobart:  Ryan Turley  Craig Osika Promoted Anderson Prep Academy Randy Albano  Clarksville:  Joby Turner Justin Boser Hired  New Haven  Jim Rowland  Jimmy Linn Promoted  S.B. Clay:  Will Porter Garrett Fields Hired Mt. Vernon (Fortville) Neil Kazmierczak Mike Kirschner Hired Central Noble  Greg Moe  Trevor Tipton Promoted  Clinton Prairie:  Mike Clevenger  Raymond Jones Hired From Fountain Central Ben Davis:  Mike Kirschner Jason Simmons Hired from Noblesville  Parke Heritage :  ????    Brian Moore Hired Mishawaka Marian:  Reggie Glon  Michael Davidson Promoted Hamilton Heights:  Mitch Street  Jon Kirschner Promoted  Knightstown:  Kevin Miller  Richmond: Ibrahim Tawfeek Tony Lewis Hired Eastern Greene: Joey Paridaen Mishawaka: Bart Curtis Kokomo:  Brett Colby Richard Benberry Jr. Promoted  Hanover Central:  Pete Koulianos  Oldenburg Academy:  Kevin Ferneding Eric Feller Hired Fountain Central: Raymond Jones Elwood:  Joe Kwisz Noblesville:  Jason Simmons

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  2. Runon sentence tommy. Makes me crazy. MCs conference affiliation has no bearing on Mason and his staff's ability to identify and develop D1 talent. You know the numbers and the results. You've seen it up close and personal. I hope they can keep it going. Do you still see Coach Mason there 5 years from now?
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  4. Congrats Jason!!! He is a Great Coach and an even better person..... BD will be fine. Now where does Noblesville turn?
  5. 6A Football

    The Hounds have to win their Sectional first.
  6. We'd just go from being the furthest west school in the NE8 to being the furthest east/southeastern school in the NLC. Most of our travel times would be about the same. There's no real advantage to changing conferences. It's also probably a step up in competition for us, and right now we're a middle-of-the-pack team in the NE8 in a majority of sports...
  7. NIC Coaches. Where are we?

    He built Culver and left.
  8. Wait a minute, How did Michigan City High School go from being the program that was supposed to be leaving the Duneland conference for the NIC and Munster take MC's place in the Duneland to become the "new defacto Division 1 breeding ground in Northwest Indiana and leaving other Duneland Conference schools in the dust when it comes to developing young talent for next level competition."
  9. NIC Coaches. Where are we?

    Mishawaka would hit it out the park with hiring Thomas but I don't see him leaving Angola. Having family play for Leo and WN the Angola program is amazing to watch. Can't imagine seeing him leave after what he built.
  10. What about Columbia City joining the NLC?
  11. Bob Knight: yesterday's news...
  12. You live in Mitchell, your kid goes to Valley, you love WW, I really hope you work in Crawford Co, and eat at Marcy's in Leopold regularly. You would be the perfect mascot for the PLAC.
  13. 'PLAY FOR JAKE' and EKG Testing

    Thanks for sharing, and hope to see your son continue to thrive.
  14. 2018 MSC-PLAC

    Should be a fun year in the MSC. You have to have North Harrison as the favorite with their entire backfield returning, but lose a lot of those lineman. Brownstown losses alot of O-line and D-Line. JV squad was down also. However Reed May always figures a way to be good. Silver Creek loses D1 recruit Garrett and alot of those good D-Lineman. Will be interesting to watch if they can reload or have to rebuild. Salem loses Indiana All Star 6'4" speedy receiver Brishbauer. However they return maybe the best player in league in their QB. JV Team was best in Conference. Would not be surprised if this is the year Salem is "Back". Charlestown suffered their first losing season in 10 years. Lots of young kids got starts and playing time. JV only suffered 1 loss. Have to disagree on the previous post stating 7 defensive starters gone. By my count 8 defensive starters return with 8 offensive starters return. Look for a bounce back for the Pirates as they looked good in a closer then the score was loss to Batesville to end the Season. Rember the name Marian Lukes. Scottsburg had a great 1st full varisty season, but lose a ton of seniors. Senior to be Speedster Kaden Sparkman will be key to bridge this rebuild season. Eastern had a nice season. Had alot of tough close losses. Lose a few key players. Coach Dean is doing a nice job. Corydon was a young last season also. Coach Humphrey still has work to do but has them climbing back up the MSC standings. Clarksville has a new coach. Maybe toughest rebuilding job in the state with the Indiana longest losing streak at 35 games. Small numbers and loses of best players will make it a tough uphill struggle.
  15. My 1st attempt at a Miner Pride breakdown. *Sizes are off last year's roster. Paoli-They appear to return half-time starter Senior Ty Lawson (5-11, 165) at QB with All-Conference Seniors Ian Strange (5-9, 165) and Timmy Burton (5-10, 165) at Slotback. Senior Austin Carmickle (5-10, 189) would be my guess to fill the fullback spot. They also bring back 3/5 of their OLine with Seniors Michael Campbell (6-0, 206) at C and Jarrett Coleman (5-7, 195) and Jace Ingle (5-11, 185) on the right side. Defensively, Senior All-Conference Michael Campbell (6-0, 206) is back at DE with senior Jace Ingle (5-11, 185) on the other side. Seniors Austin Carmichael (5-10, 189) and Timmy Burton (5-10, 165) at OLB along with Seniors Ian Strange (5-9, 165) and Ty Lawson (5-11, 165) on the Inside. They will have to find some new DB's with senior Carter Elliott (6-0, 150) being the only returner in the secondary. Paoli also bring back 2016 starter at ILB Zane Anderson (6-2, 215) who missed last year with an injury. My guess is they move Lawson to DB and return Anderson to the middle. Last year's roster shows they should bring in 18 seniors this year and 10 juniors to start the 2018 season. Mitchell-May have a QB controversy as 2016 starter Senior Tyson James (5-10, 162) missed last season with an injury. Junior Luke Lafevor (5-9, 132) started the last few games last season and the two may have to fight it out to decide who gets to hand the ball off 55 times a game. Senior All-Conference RB Brandon Brazzell (5-9, 192) and Junior Trey Speer (6-2, 170) will get a lot of those carries. I would expect Senior Ian Tincher (5-8, 185) and Juniors Levi Smith (5-6, 165) and Dorian Duncan (6-1, 194) to be in the mix in the backfield as well. Seniors Reid Marlow (5-6, 228), Noland England (6-0, 271) (All-Conference), Parish England (5-11, 260), and Shane Conley (5-6, 246) (All-Conference) all return. Junior Dane Pritchett (6-0, 181) will be back at TE or split end, depending on how they use him. Defensively, Mitchell brings back 5 starters. Shane Conley (5-6, 246) at DE is the lone DL returnee. Junior MLB Dorian Duncan (6-1, 194) and Senior Tristen Sites (5-8, 150) is at back at OLB. Junior Luke Lafevor (5-9, 132), Senior Leyton Allen (5-7, 124) return in the secondary. It looks like Mitchell will have 10 seniors and 9 juniors this season. West Washington-Sophomore WR Bobby Stevens (5-10, 182) led the conference in receiving and Holden Bowsmen (6-0, 134) started the majority of the game last year but I would expect Stevens at RB and Bowsman at QB. Other than that, WW will be replacing all their skill positions. They return Sophomore Charles Madden (5-10, 224) and All-Conference tackle Caleb Murphy (6-3, 224) on the OLine. Defensively, WW bring back Juniors Caleb Murphy (6-3, 224) and Trenton Benskin (6-0, 230) at DE, Junior OLB Mason Armstrong (5-10, 178), Junior DB Chase Farmer(6-0, 158) (All-Conference) and Sophomore Parker Green (6-1, 146). WW should be thin in the senior department this year with only 3 coming back along with 10 Juniors. Perry Central-Sophomore Cameron Bland (5-9, 170) returns at QB and Senior Levi Simpson (6-0, 165) is back at FB. Senior All-Conference WR Clay James (6-0, 170) is back also. Perry Central bring back the majority of their OLine with Seniors Colten Bland (6-1, 205) and Ty Cronin (5-9, 200) returning with Junior Tackle Garrett James (6-2, 220). Perry will have to find a RB but I would think Simpson, James, Senior Gavin Poole (5-9, 180) would all get a look there. Defensively Seniors Ty Cronin (5-9, 200) and Colten Bland (6-1, 205) are back on the DL along with Junior Garrett James (6-2, 220). PC will have to find some LB's as Senior Gavin Poole (5-9, 180) is the lone returner. In the secondary, Perry bring back Senior Clay James (6-0, 170) and Junior Josh Smith (5-11, 140). Perry should have 9 seniors and 13 juniors this year. Crawford Co.-Crawford actually showed improvement as the season went on. They scored 32 point against Paoli and lost their sectional game to Mitchell 20-26 in OT. Unfortunately for them, they lost 7 starters on offense and 6 on defense. It looks like they will have 10 senior and 9 juniors which I would think isn't bad for them. Seniors QB Tate Arnold (5-10, 160) and TE Nick Stroud (6-5, 200) as the only returning skill guys. The left side of the OLine returns with All-Conference tackle Peyton Howerton (6-3, 220) and Daulton Stout (6-0, 175). Howerton played some in the backfield as well. Never know where you will find him. Defensive line is the same as OLine with Howerton and Stout as the only returners. Other than that, the only returners are in the secondary with Senior Tate Arnold (5-10, 160) and Junior Preston Coleman (5-10, 149)
  16. This a public service endorsement for the importance of getting an EKG for your child. The opportunity was recently provided to Bremen High School through the "Play for Jake" Foundation. (http://playforjake.org/) Jake was a student at La Porte and passed away suddenly during football practice on September 25, 2013 from an undetected heart condition, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD). ARVD is a disease that attacks the heart and cannot be diagnosed without proper screening and/or testing. Jake was a strong and healthy high school junior who participated in both the football and lacrosse programs and never showed any signs or symptoms of having a heart condition. This is why it is so important that we spread this awareness to help save precious lives. I encourage everyone to have your son/daughter tested. My son, who is also a junior, is a very active football and baseball player. Growing up, we always thought he had childhood asthma because when he got worked up, especially in the heat of summer travel ball, football workouts and even travel basketball, he'd sweat a ton, face turning red, couldn't breathe, etc... Simply diagnosed at the time as Asthma. He was given an inhaler and that seemed to be the fix. A couple months ago, the Play for Jake (P4J) Foundation came to Bremen and tested all. As a result of the testing, a blip was picked up on the EKG for my son. Long story short, he was diagnosed with WPW syndrome (Woolff Parkinson White Syndrome.) I'm not a doctor so I won't explain it all but basically the electrical system of his heart would short-circuit on occasion because of an extra blood vessel he was born with would allow the blood flow to the heart work against itself. Yesterday, he had a successful heart ablation to fix the situation in South Bend and after a short week, he'll be able to resume normal activity. Had it not been for P4J, we might not have ever known. As a parent, definitely relieved to know and very thankful for Jake's parents for starting the foundation to have high school kids tested. I'm not sure if EKG's are part of a normal HS sports physical but definitely should be checked. I encourage everyone to visit the Play for Jake website and have your child checked. Definitely could be a lifesaver! Again, HUGE thanks to the Jake Shroeder family for starting their foundations so it doesn't happen to anyone else.
  17. Current Kansas City Chief and former South Bend Washington graduate and Indiana 4A Player of the Year in 2011, will host a football camp for youth ages 6-16 at St. Joseph High School on June 16th from 1pm-5pm. Thanks to local business and others, the camp will only cost $30. Camp is limited to 200 players and 60 spots have already been filled. Gehrig played college ball at SMU, Bowling Green, and at the University of Alabama. He won back to back conference tiles in 2 leagues, the MAC and SEC, and also played in the national championship in 2017 vs Clemson. When Gehrig graduated he held 5 Indiana receiving records, included a 437 yard game.
  18. Best Chances for 2018 Title

    It's not a perfect indicator of on-field talent potential (i.e. Webo's fastest sprinter right now only kicked last season), but it does provide some good directional insights.
  19. Congrats to Coach Simmons. Simmons has some strong ties to BD. Former assistant there, former assistant AD, understands all that comes with working at BD. Has head coaching experience, has school admin experience, and leadership experience in the state coaching association. Checks a lot of boxes.
  20. I thought the DC was going to be the next best choice. Idk this is interesting hire for a nationally ranked team.
  21. Best Chances for 2018 Title

    Kind of unrelated, but as a track coach as well as football I love how you put these athletes track stats in your analysis. There are so many benefits from kids doing multiple sports, especially track, and as you are pointing out, it is a great indicator of future potential football success.
  22. Best Chances for 2018 Title

    I think Brett will be a contributor. Due to the transfer, he was limited to JV play in the three sports he played this year so he should be hungry next year. He is a kid who will definitely benefit from Webo's weight program. I'm not sure what Lebanon does, but I heard his power-lifting (esp cleans), had a lot of room for improvement when he first transferred back to Webo. Solomon wasn't known for dropping his head and hitting the holes hard so if Brett does this, I think he could add more value. This is where Miller helped out toward the end of the season. As I think about the rest of the team, I think Webo should be solid. They did loose a number of seniors but then again, their combined first and second team all-conference consisted of three seniors, three juniors, and four sophomores. One of those sophomores, Wright (2020), set the single season yards passing record. Pretty dang impressive considering he likely beat out McClain from the late 80's era when Webo was so dominant. By the way, no other Sag team had any sophomores make 1st or 2nd team last year so that speaks to Webo's future for the next couple of seasons. On the receiver side, Logan Benson (2019) continues to improve athletically. He is one of Webo's faster sprinters on the track team this season behind two exiting seniors. He just won indoor conference in HJ going 6'3". Another tall receiver, Noah McClendon (2019) was basically hurt all season and he is fast for his size also. He is on the bubble to qualify for indoor state this weekend in the 60m hurdles. Devin Weekly (2019) was a bit of a surprise last season on the defensive side and he had some carries on offensive. He dealt with some back issues late in the season. He was on a potential track to set the single season solo tackle record if he could have played every game. You also have a whole bunch of other athletic kids like Young (2019), Hole (2020), Kernodle (2020) etc who will continue to contribute. I don't have as good of a feel for the line but I know the Hogs have been putting in good work in the gym and working on their explosiveness. It should be fun to see how things play out next fall.
  23. Any truth that there was a rift between the administration and the former coaching staff? How many assistants will Simmons be able to retain?
  24. Underwhelming, but everyone deserves a chance, I guess. This guy has bounced around quite a bit over the past 7-8 years. That should be a red flag. Obviously, the BD people got to know him when he was there as Assistant AD.
  25. I understand and respect everyone’s right to an opinion but give Coach Simmons time. What were anyone’s expectations for the ‘18 season with Kirchner or anyone else at the helm? It make not be the sexy pick of Hart to Brownsburg but I don’t think many thought that Herbert at Carmel or Marsh at Roncalli were the best hires either....those don’t look so bad now, do they? Bottom line....Jason a Simmons is a decent man with a lot of football knowledge that is passionate about this program. I’m not saying that this will go down as a great hire. I just think he deserves a chance. Also consider that this is not an easy job. I know that their are some great coaches around that had ZERO interest in the job. 200 players and staff, high expectations, a tough schedule and playing in the south semi-state....not an easy job!
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