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      HEAD COACH OPENING 2018   10/24/2017

      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  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  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 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  Parke Heritage :  ????    Brian Moore Hired Mishawaka Marian:  Reggie Glon  Michael Davidson Promoted Hamilton Heights:  Mitch Street Knightstown:  Kevin Miller  Richmond: Ibrahim Tawfeek Eastern Greene: Joey Paridaen Mishawaka: Bart Curtis Kokomo:  Brett Colby  Hanover Central:  Pete Koulianos  Oldenburg Academy:  Kevin Ferneding Eric Feller Hired Fountain Central: Raymond Jones  


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  1. Valparaiso Head Coach

    Coach Mueller didn't get fired; the man quit.
  2. Valparaiso Head Coach

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/sports/ct-ptb-football-valparaiso-st-0207-20180206-story.html Just found this article which includes more of Mueller's email to the football parents. For whatever reason, the nwitimes article did not include the first & last sentence (underlined below) of his email. In my opinion, that final sentence may be the most important part of his statement. "Dear parents, It is with my deepest regret for your athletes' sake that I turned in my resignation today. I wanted to let you know how much I thought of your young men. They were incredible. I absolutely believe they have the potential to win state this year. I cherished my short time with them and only had the best intention for them. I will let you know they are in great hands with Coach Marshall. I think the world of him. He will keep the fire burning and the drumbeat beating strong. I wish you and the Vikings the best. God bless, Weakness is Choice." Weakness is Choice is how he chose to end his statement? Isn't QUITTING a choice too???
  3. Valparaiso Head Coach

    (Yes, I am quoting myself.) So who predicted "spectacular failure" who quits in less than 1 month? Based on the article, it sounds like the young men on the football team were ready to accept the challenges. Not sure those kids would have been so gung-ho when Mueller would step up the intensity after a couple of losses next fall. Mueller's grand plans to take over the entire school & motivate everyone to greatness got push back. So what? Move your signs from the hallways to the locker room & the weight room. I certainly didn't expect a proven leader to QUIT over some non-believers who complained.
  4. I got blown up just like that versus Hobart in 1985. Only difference is I stayed down for awhile. After going through concussion protocol...just kidding-- it was 1985! After sitting for a series, I went back in & played the rest of the game both ways at RG & ILB. Since I normally didn't play D & my head was foggy, I had to ask our D captain what to do before every Brickie snap. We lost 10-0-- didn't find out til later that it was my guy on the only TD pass of the game. The Slicer Yearbook staff cruelly included an "action photo" of me flat on the ground after getting pancaked.
  5. Valparaiso Head Coach

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/sports/ct-ptb-football-valparaiso-steve-mueller-st-0119-20180118-story.html Found another article. Most of the same stuff except for the final paragraph. I am not making this up. Asked if he was going to teach, he said: "Undetermined but this would be cool if you could put this in. I want to teach a class called, 'Dragon Slayer: How to Overcome your Fears, Set Goals and Learn about Yourself.'"
  6. Valparaiso Head Coach

    Just read the article -- holy cow! Inspired coaching hire or spectacular failure in the making? I guess only time will tell. Mueller is definitely confident in his abilities as a leader & coach. Not sure he has a firm grasp on the fact that the teenage football players in his school district may not be able to physically beat the teenage football players from all of the other DAC schools, Penn, Snider, Carmel...& that's just the northern 6A Semistate foes. Should every coach have huge goals & big-time expectations? Absolutely. But I can't recall ever reading such bold statements from a high school coach. Will the young men in Valpo be able to live up to his standards?
  7. IFCA All State Teams

    Franklin Central has 2 Juniors named to the Top 50 team -- QB Bishop & OL Lamping. RB Pitz entered the season as a backup & made the 6A team with 1000+ yards & 15 TD. (Thought I'd See OL Ditchley & S Weeks on the 6A team too.) Congrats to the Flashes on the best FC season in a generation.
  8. I believe that the coaches in each Sectional work together on seeding wrestlers.
  9. It seemed like fewer Indy-area teams made the finals this year. Maybe that contributed to the attendance decline.
  10. I doubt that the IHSAA will agree to the 1-year seeding proposal. Too many potential negatives: - Sagarin (or whatever/whoever is used to select the top 2) make some questionable selections - Teams that feel they should be seeded get drawn against the top-seed right away - All of the stronger teams get drawn into one half of a bracket so critics demand more teams get seeded in the future - If they go to 8-team or 16-team groups on 5A & 6A, some teams are forced to make several long trips while others always play at home or close to home Whatever you put in place will never satisfy everyone. My biggest argument against seeding the football tournament is that if you seed football then you should seed every team sport. And that may be difficult to do.
  11. Don't forget that the same Tournament Success Factor is used in all IHSAA team sports. It's been a positive influence & the IHSAA Member Schools should stick with it.
  12. Cathedral also faced the toughest possible road to the Semistate out of their Sect/Reg (bye, Roncalli, Decatur Cent, Bloom.South) while Columbus East happened to be in a relatively weak Sect/Reg (Seymour, BNL, Floyd Cent, TH North). Nobody came within 28 of CE while Cath had to play their best each week.
  13. If I were in the Commish's shoes, I would make 1 more argument-- if the IHSAA would ever decide to seed the football sectionals, then the IHSAA should seed the sectionals in EVERY team sport. If the vast majority of IHSAA members want this for every sport, then maybe it should be considered. Based on that article, I'm guessing that Cox would require a mercy rule for all sports. Somebody mentioned that seeding takes place in wrestling. But that comparison must be thrown out because the top 4 wrestlers in each weight class advance each week. If you happened to have the best 2 wrestlers in the same Sectional, a blind draw could have them wrestling each other in the Quarterfinals. With the Sectional seeding & top 4 advancement, those 2 kids wouldn't wrestle until the semis or finals which means they could wrestle each other for 4 straight weeks & end up facing each other in the state championship match. Even with Sectional seeding in football, either BD & WC would have been eliminated in the Sectional. (Before you say it-- No, the #1-16 north/south seeding for 5A/6A is not a good idea.)
  14. State Title Games

    Congrats to all 12 teams who get to live out a dream by playing for a state championship at LOS. (So close to a clean public school sweep if only West Lafayette had held on to beat Brebeuf & Danville had avoided all those blunders & beaten Ev.Memorial.)
  15. Like you, I didn't realize that the Kokomo program has been so successful under Colby -- 90-30 in 11 seasons with 3 undefeated regular seasons since 2009. That's darn impressive. Many seasons they have run into Snider or Westfield (last year) early in the tourney. Not taking anything away from East who played a perfect game yesterday but that 42-13 score is misleading. Turnovers were 5-0, points scored after turnovers 28-0. 2 TD drives were less than 10 yards & 3rd one was 25 yards. East is favored, but Kokomo will give them a good battle.