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      CONFIRMED HEAD COACH CHANGES IN 2018 Lafayette Central Catholic;  Don Collier Brian Nay Hired Kankakee Valley:  Zack Prairie  Derek Thompson Hired  James Broyles Hired Valparaiso:  Dave Coyle Steven Mueller Hired  Bill Marshall Promoted  Evansville North:  Brett Szabo Joey Paridaen Hired from Eastern Greene Hamilton Southeastern:  Scott May  Adam Morris Hired  Peru:  Bob Prescott Romison 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 Ron Quals Hired  Highland:  Trent Grinder Pete Koulianos Hired from Hanover Central  Southern Wells:  Steve Yencer Greg Mose Hired   Warsaw:  Phil Jenson  Bart Curtis Hired From Mishawaka Lawrence Central:  Bill Peebles John Rodenberg Hired  Eastern Hancock:  Jim O'hara Doug Armstrong Hired 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  Michael Torgerson Hired 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 Chad Montgomery Hired Richmond: Ibrahim Tawfeek Tony Lewis Hired Eastern Greene: Joey Paridaen Travis Wray Promoted  Mishawaka: Bart Curtis Keith Kinder Promoted Kokomo:  Brett Colby Richard Benberry Jr. Promoted  Hanover Central:  Pete Koulianos Brian Parker Hired  Oldenburg Academy:  Kevin Ferneding Eric Feller Hired Fountain Central: Raymond Jones  Ryan Hall Hired  Elwood:  Joe Kwisz Chuck Foga Hired Noblesville:  Jason Simmons Justin Roden Hired from East Central  Jeffersonville:  Alfonzo Browning Brian Glesing Hired from Floyd Central Wabash:  Floyd McWhirt  Adam Handley Hired Fairfield:  Bob Miller Matt Thacker Hired East Central:  Justin Roden Don Stonefield (Interim )  Munster:  Leroy Marsh  Jason Grunewald promoted Floyd Central:  Brian Glesing  James Bragg Hired Tell City:  Josh Teague Aaron Clements Hired Pike Central:  Erik Mattingly Dave Stephens Hired Crawford County:  Kevin Mills Jeremy Reynolds Hired Northwestern Steve Dibler  Patrick Rosner hired  Gary West:  Jason Johnson Collin McCullough Hired Indianapolis Washington :  ?    Steve Moorman Hired Indianapolis Attucks: ?   Ibrahim Tawfeek Hired North Newton Jeff Bean Scott Rouch Promoted Madison Grant:  Kyle Booher Brady Turner Promoted 

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  1. 13 points
    As we begin another high school football journey, I wanted to take a moment and pay a bit of respect to the founder of the GID and still the never-forgotten heart and soul of the page, Tim Adams. Hard to believe it's been over eight years since his unexpected passing. We still miss you TA. Watch over these players from above. Your spirit lives on.
  2. 10 points
    I am 1 of a few, I just have a good gig where I am in a computer lab 8 hours a day working so it has been my pleasure to just do a small part to keep the ship a float. @DK_Barons still takes care of the operational portion of the site and I bombard him with tech texts all the time!! @77Jimmie checking with his years of guidance is appreciated. My guys @Irishman also does a lot in our world with @SR1 taking the lead in the southern Indiana world. @WCGrad92 helps me with job openings and is our GID Poll Wizard!! But at the end of the day, its not about those folks or me, but of course our community!! We have had more coaches and referees sign up in last few years than I ever remember. I absolutely LOVE the Officiating Forum for our readers and COACHES alike. What a great spot to freshen up on the new rules and the funky scenarios. I thank @bobref, @BisonUmpire and @Impartial_Observer plus a host of others for their wiliness to post. Of Course best wishes to @Mrs Gridiron Digest she checks in here and there and is very generous each year with her donation in memory of Coach Tim Adams.
  3. 8 points
    The '72 Dolphins always gather and pop champagne every season when the last undefeated team in the NFL loses. I envision DrivenT and Muda69 meeting in a basement somewhere in a similar celebration whenever a team drops football.
  4. 7 points
    Somebody thinks Monroe Central is better than Pioneer? Somebody needs drug tested.
  5. 7 points
    You obviously aren't too familiar with Curtis and his impact on an ENTIRE community. The only way Warsaw is not a NLC power in the coming years is if the kids/parents/community don't buy into his system and how he works. I can tell you that there aren't too many people in his former stops that didn't buy into what he was selling. That guy can/will get every ounce of talent, heart, passion, pride out of his athletes; and his players (from every school he's been too) would run through a brick wall for the man. Love him or hate him, people respect him. Curtis will do his part for Warsaw, It's in the communities hands whether they take the opportunity to elevate their program to a level they've never seen before.
  6. 7 points
    As a guy who has been a lay coach for numerous years, as well as having a father who was a lay coach for almost 30 years, I firmly believe you couldn't be more wrong about your assertion. It's been proven over and over again on these boards you know little of what you talk about, and I firmly believe you would be utterly amazed by the number of lay coaches that are currently employed at schools of all level of success. I would go into detail, but you won't care. I would instead ask you how you would like these staffs filled out if teachers aren't interested/qualified? Most people go into the teaching profession because they want to teach and it has been well documented how much extra time a teacher has to put in outside of school hours if they want to be successful. Coaches have to put in even more for next to nothing in terms of pay (something you point out with your 'coaches leaving/retiring' rants, yet keep pushing for more of with your 'where's all the clinics and camps' complaining). In all actuality, I'd say it's probably even better to have lay coaches. Now you have the players exposed to people from various career paths they may never have known existed. instead of being exposed to only teachers, now they are learning about electrical work, police work, manufacturing, and others. Opens up their eyes to possibilities they may not have known were available. I will grant you one position that should be in the school, and that's the head coach. There are many reason's for that, not least of which is continued accountability off the field of the players. However, even in that instance, you can look at the track record of someone like Adam Hudak at Wheeler. His teams may not be winning sectional titles every year but he put out solid teams, that worked hard, at Lake Station and Wheeler. His Wheeler team made some good stride last year and had very good numbers. All this with a head coach who works in a hospital. I guess what I'm saying, which I usually end up saying when I comment on your crap, is: calm the hell down and stop painting with such a wide brush. One instance of a single lay coach not working out doesn't mean you scrap the hard work and ability of, probably thousands, of lay coaches working their tails off for the game they love every season.
  7. 6 points
    It's just exfoliating the dead skin out if your moth. Just gotta let it soak in the milk before u eat it.
  8. 6 points
    Not a triple option guy huh........ I would take that offense than any silly Spread/RPO But hey I am double tight Single Wing Gun type of fella
  9. 6 points
    Congrats Muda, you got it all figured out. I'm still choosing my teammates, no matter how much you bully me.
  10. 6 points
    I remember the scouts in school, you'll have to forgive me, but I'll stick with my teammates.
  11. 6 points
  12. 6 points
    You'd think that Northridge as both the 12th and 13th best team in 4A could put both those teams together and end up in the Top 5.
  13. 6 points
    As a Penn parent, I assumed you would know that isn't how things work. The Zolman money for the concession stands, the TCU money (naming rights), the Booster Club, etc help with these things. And, I am sure that there is other money that we don't know about. On the flip side, if bringing in teams that travel with 2 to 3,000 fans or more happens, that would help as well. How much money can be collected to benefit all of the programs through ticket sales, parking fees, concession stand sales, etc. The 50 people that came from the South bend schools were actually hurting the other sports and arts associated with those.
  14. 6 points
    Pioneer's head coach is a PE teacher, but the remaining 5 varsity/jv coaches and 2 junior high coaches are all lay coaches. It works out well. The lay football coaches do what they love - coach football - and leave the teaching to teachers who are good at and love what they do. I think the worst situation there is, is when a teacher also coaches just to bump his/her income and doesn't really love it, doesn't do all the "extras" outside of the normal practice time or season to give the team the best chance to be successful... it's an injustice to the kids.
  15. 6 points
    Lol I like you @DrivenT, gotta have ya to keep content up and make people think. Appreciate ya. No doubt there are some horrible lay coaches and programs out there, but that coin flips both ways. There are some phenomenal lay coaches (specifically lay assistants) who may not be in the halls but are putting in work (you can take that to the bank), volunteering (sometimes with no pay) their time from families, work, etc. to enrich the lives of those young men that choose to play football. Some have been doing it for many years (10 yrs+) Having a balance between the two [[Lay and in-school coaches (gotta have in school guys, no doubt)]] seems to be best, if ya gotta have some lay coaches. So as most things in life, it's not all good but it's not all bad either, sir.
  16. 5 points
    Good to see Hammond Noll get some votes... wait what??
  17. 5 points
    I think that works for your 6A and 5A teams but how could 1A and 2A schools do this? I'm sure most of their athletes are doing baseball and track during the spring season.
  18. 5 points
    Oh lord, Lets hope not, we don’t need another thread going on about Soccer taking over.
  19. 5 points
    When I first moved to this area in 1998, TA was one of the first people I met. We became friends and one of my early stories when I worked for the local newspaper was about how TA put together the early GID. Later, we became very close friends and broadcast partners. I've never met anyone who could take football and simplify it for the average fan like he could on the air, while being conversational and relational. We had a lot of fun every Friday night. TA was passionate about his faith - he was a Christian Church minister and drove an hour one way multiple times a week to teach at his church near Connersville. He was very passionate about his family - we never had a conversation where he didn't talk about his three daughters and how proud he was of them. And he loved football - not just his players at Mt. Vernon (and before that, Eastern Hancock), but the entire football community. He was a great friend and I often miss him, but especially this time of year. I think a lot about what he'd be doing right now, but it would probably involve updating the GID and doing everything he could to promote football at every level. Thankful for the community he put together - many of us have become friends beyond the computer screen - but also thankful for the friendship we had.
  20. 5 points
    I do what I do for our community in Tim's Honor. Thank you to all of our community for making this what it is. A great place for us to discuss High School Football in the State of Indiana!
  21. 5 points
    if the way back machine is on..... Is there any better lyrical poetry then my guys from Geto Boys : Mind Playing Tricks on Me? This was my choice for Wedding Songs: I was denied:
  22. 5 points
    The installation of turf back in 2014 at LaPorte has allowed the facility to become far more useful to the the high school and the entire community. Any cost/benefit analysis on the field here would net positive. Obviously, this may not be true for every community, but for larger communities it is a great investment.
  23. 5 points
    If Ben Davis wins State this year do they get to bump up to the MAC ?
  24. 5 points
    How will the remaining 280 be stronger? Those kids wont go to other programs and provide depth at other schools. They just don't get to play.
  25. 4 points
    If you know all the answers, then why ask? You and BB should give Grover some credit. He is orders of magnitude closer to having actual insight of this program than either of you. Not saying that to sound jerkish....just a fact. Sorry....the you can count on it comment made me think of this movie classic quote......
  26. 4 points
    That was nothing more than a witch hunt by a couple dads who weren't happy about junior's playing time. Why would that change anything with our 'camp'?
  27. 4 points
    What? It's got lots on your "boy". It doesn't shred the roof of your mouth when you eat it.
  28. 4 points
  29. 4 points
    Getting close to getting the turf done at Brownstown Central, but have already decided to move the scrimmage to JC. (Photo cred to Drew Markel)
  30. 4 points
    Getting close at Brownstown Central, but have already decided to move the scrimmage to JC. (Photo cred to Drew Markel)
  31. 4 points
    Luers plays North in the scrimmage. Excuse me I mean Bishop Luers plays North Side.
  32. 4 points
    Here is the finished product. We got to practice on it the last couple of days. You can see the wide yellow down each side. The outer edge of that yellow is the boundary for soccer. You can see in the corners where the arc was cut into that for corner kicks. It looks a little funky, but the field is great. And yep, that is one BIGARSE Bulldog. It is so big that when you stand on it, if you did not know it was a bulldog, there would be no way of knowing what it was.
  33. 4 points
    To LC Bears 04 As they said in an old movie “lighten up Francis”
  34. 4 points
    At first, I wasn't going to reply to any of this, but I thought I would make an additional and last response to it. Maybe you're too young to remember when Mark Patrick was the sports anchor for WISH-TV, but when he was giving the Friday night high school scores, he often use to refer to Lawrence Central as Larry Central, and they weren't the only school that he had a nickname for. It's wasn't being used in a derogatory manner, it's just that Patrick, in addition to being a sports anchor, liked to use a little humor to his reporting. Since Larry is the nickname for Lawrence, there's certainly nothing bad about it.
  35. 4 points
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  37. 4 points
    Nice return volley well played
  38. 4 points
    All by design in Carmel.
  39. 4 points
    Hi Gentlemen, Most everyone that you speak with, says conference will be very average at best, with 3 really bad teams and 4 medicore to slightly above average teams. So you're point is well taken, NR even with losing allot will be right there. Concord has some offensive weapons back and QB, but lost all 7 of their best defensive players.. Plymouth lost a ton and not many years left for Barron, but does return a good fullback and QB. Also heard they will have a number of guys going both ways, so that will help IMO... Of course, it's well documented we lost a number of extremely talented players. Of course it should be and it will be the Yoder show.. We also will have a couple of surprises along with a great coach and staff. The Giant Wild card is Warsaw.. Heard various reports from people already hating the new coach to others lovin it.. Any ways, that's my two cents or less...
  40. 4 points
    Shouldn't you be referring to him as Koach Broyles?
  41. 4 points
    To quote Joe Goodman, "good chance to see how the band sounds, what the cheerleaders look like, and who does best calisthenics."
  42. 4 points
    Any data to back this up? You have also advocated for football to become a club sport. Do you think that won't involve greater cost and travel for families? Have you seen youth football and the costs, travel and time commitments by parents to be involved in that (or any other youth sport for that matter). There are 45 Co-Op football teams in Minnesota. Some are small schools combining resources, some are big schools with a small school under it's umbrella, and some are actually public/private. I counted 53 in Illinois and 36 in Michigan (for just football) DT, I'm coming to believe that you actually don't like football. Those of us who actually enjoy the sport and see it's value to communities and the players that participate in it will continue to try to support efforts to increase safety and participation regardless of how much you hope for the demise of the sport.
  43. 4 points
    This is crazy. Cutting out the bottom schools will only lead to other teams becoming the bottom. For every win there is a loss. If you eliminate the programs that consistently go 0-10, you will find that other teams that used to go 3-7 or 4-6 begin going 1-9 or 0-10 because the teams they used to beat are no longer playing. And their football interest will begin to decline. The mismatches will still exist over time. You're looking for a fantasy world where everyone goes 5-5. Just ain't going to happen.
  44. 4 points
    This argument drives me crazy. Columbus East doesn’t have super water to create these athletes. Part of being a great coach is to run a great program in all aspects and that’s what Gaddis does. Floyd Central has in the past had several big kids who start playing as Freshmen and aren’t there as Juniors and Seniors. Several transfer to play elsewhere or quit. I know what’s coming next is the “well it was too hard for them.” I’m not here to explain why they lose several every year but it’s not that simple. In my opinion if Gaddis has the same talent as the other team right now he’s still up 2 touchdowns on anyone in the HHC. It’s disrespectful and wrong to just say he wins every year because of better talent. That’s on the other schools. Figure it out and find a way to be competitive.
  45. 3 points
    Every poster on this forum needs to read this.
  46. 3 points
    I once worked a pre-season scrimmage at the University of Chicago. Their coach was telling me about their brand new press box which had inexplicably been built centered on the 45 yd. line instead of the 50. When they confronted the construction manager upon realizing the problem, he asked, “can’t you just move the 50 yd. line?” The response was “yes, but we can’t move the goal posts.”
  47. 3 points
    Sagarin does not take in to account out of state opponents. I don't think it can be used as a determining factor. If you want to make it a tie breaker, sure I could see that. Why cant the 8 coaches sit in a room and seed the Sectionals like Wrestling does. Or do what they do in Illinois, and have each coach rank the Sectionals or Regionals 1-7, or 1-15 in their regional. After all votes are turned in, someone adds up the numbers and send out the seeds and how each coach voted. No agenda if its knowledge amongst the coaches.
  48. 3 points
    I agree. I know most of the hs rugby coaches around the state...either played with them or against them. It's a great way for them to stay or get in shape. Its kind of special to see a kid that never gets to touch or run the ball in football, actually pick the ball up in a rugby game and lower the shoulder.
  49. 3 points
    I'm still surprised at the amount of football coaches that are against it.
  50. 3 points
    I totally disagree with your conclusion and statement that “lay coaches are a bad idea.” I am entering my 25th season of coaching IHSAA sports (football, wrestling & baseball) and have felt like I have had a great opportunity to be what you called “role models & mentors” etc. You would have to ask some of my players & wrestlers their opinions on what they got from a “lay coach” but the experience for me, as their coach, has been nothing short of amazing. With not having a teaching license, I have had a very difficult time landing a head football coaching position. I somewhat understand the argument for a head football coach in the building but that doesn’t always work either. I interviewed for the head football position at this same school where I have been the head wrestling coach, entering my 12th season, also an assistant varsity baseball coach on the state runner up team and a varsity assistant football coach at both the middle & high school level. I was in a pretty good position to take over the high school football program after the interview process was complete after the 2016 season. I was then brought in and was told I was not their choice only because I did not have a teaching license. In the building there were at least 3 other coaches on the high school football staff that were in the building but had no interest in becoming the head coach at this time. So they reached out a second time to a licensed teacher that didn’t make the first round of interviews and hired him from outside the state to come in and take over our program. It was really late in the process and when they brought him in, he completely destroyed the morale and momentum the players built from the years before. The administration was more than patient with him and his so called rebuilding process going into year two. The week before spring break, last week in March, this teacher had 15 players show up for the call out meeting at our 3A “football school.” Obviously that wasn’t going to work so the teacher was not retained as the head football coach going into this upcoming season. Also, your comment about dropping a football program because you don’t have a teacher to head up the program is, in my opinion, NOT an option. It is definitely not the players that are in the program or coming up through the programs fault and they should always have an opportunity to play football and be coached up at a high level. Sincerely, A long time “Lay Coach”
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