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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  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  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 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 Noblesville:  Jason Simmons Justin Roden Hired from East Central  Jeffersonville:  Alfonzo Browning Brian Glesing Hired from Floyd Central Wabash:  Floyd McWhirt  Fairfield:  Bob Miller Matt Thacker Hired East Central:  Justin Roden Don Stonefield (Interim )  Munster:  Leroy Marsh  Floyd Central:  Brian Glesing  Tell City:  Josh Teague  Pike Central:  Erik Mattingly 


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  1. I can't speak for the offense, but as for the defense, I think you can expect Thompson to use whatever works best for his personnel. I know that sounds cheesy, but if you look at his time at Lowell, this kind of becomes more realistic. He started off with the 4-4 for the first couple years. He briefly moved to the 3-4ish type look when they had more athletes than big bodies. Then, in his last couple years, he moves to almost a 4-2-5 look. Yeah, it was technically a 4-4, but the OLB's were spread super wide and he used his very talented safety as the defender off the edge. (I think Juice was the leading tackler last year from the FS spot). And each year, with each different defense, they were solid. Obviously this all might change if he's not the DC, but it looks like he can coach 'em up in a variety of sets to get the best out of his personnel.
  2. Competitive Drills

    I tried to make everything a competition to keep guys working hard during routine drills, just to try to keep a mental edge. Basically the same style you are mentioning. One thing I did add was having the players not in the drill "judge" the drill when technique was paramount. Racing to see who can run a slant the fastest can lead to sloppy technique, so I'd have the guys in line pick a winner based on details. You'd be amazed how easily they'd pick up on a guy with a bad stance or lazy cut. Makes the players in the drill work harder and gets the guys out of the drill working as a coach, keeping details fresh in their mind. Plus, players love busting each other on small infractions if it was going to earn someone ten push-ups for the loss.
  3. Coaches Salaries

    Bravo. Wish I had more than one upvote to offer you, man.
  4. Valparaiso Head Coach

    Don't shoe horn the players into this yet. And especially not this made up "bro-culture" that you and DT push. From the few players who have been quoted, they loved what he was doing so far. Including the hard work. Add the fact that they were anonymous (which this site proves can compel people to say all kinds of stupid stuff *cough*) would lend one to believe it was their true sentiment. They had every opportunity to say he was a clown or they weren't buying what he was selling. The administration on the other hand...
  5. Dude got sent into the game at least twice on this highlight reel, only for his teammates to send him back out. That's awesome!
  6. Gotta check out the highlight film for Cathedral's center, Emil Ekiyor. Going to Alabama next year. His highlight film is all kinds pancakes and driving through the whistle.
  7. No, they aren't. There were plenty of "me first, D-bags" in the good ol days. Billy "White Shoes" dancing all the time. The '85 Bears doing the Super Bowl Shuffle THE MONDAY AFTER A LOSS. I could go on, but you'll gloss over the point or "move the goalpost" anyways. Then you're doing better than I am. All I can gather out of Muda and DT's inane ramblings on the subject is that it's terrible that coaches show any sort of enjoyment for the activity they give (too) many hours to. Oh, and your players shouldn't like you. They can respect you, but the only way things work properly is if they fear you. I think? Wait, and chest bumps! Holly molly, do not chest bump. Next thing you know the players are running the show. Chest Bumps are the devil!
  8. The programs I've been involved in have absolutely pushed kids into other sports in the off season. Every head coach I've been with, along with the entire staff, knew other sports could add so much to the kids as football players as well as making them more rounded. The hardest hitters I ever went against when I played were wrestlers, hands down. Basketball does amazing things for a players footwork. Baseball helps you maintain focus as there can be long periods of downtime before having to make a lot of quick decisions. Track is obvious. Honestly, the biggest issue we've always felt was the other sports against football. We hear it all the time that basketball or baseball coaches don't want their guys playing football because they'll get hurt. Coaches force summer ball and AAU down their kids throats as a "must play" which takes away from a lot of practice stuff for football. Not to mention, most kids get "discovered" by scouts during these AAU and travel baseball tournaments). With so many moving parts, install can't happen just during two-a-days, and a kid that misses most of the summer practices (what few we actually held) can't help but be behind the 8 ball when summer baseball is finally over and they can join the football team full time. Upvote! But not for the reason you're thinking...
  9. Everyone wringing their hands about Indiana high school football, I thought it was interesting watching Purdue pull out a nice win over Arizona in their bowl game last night. For those interested: Markell Jones, RB, Columbus East Gelen Robinson, DT, leader in TFL, Lake Central Joe Schopper, punter, Indy Cathedral Jackson Anthrop, WR/KR/PR, Lafayette Central Catholic Jacob Thieneman, Safety (nice pick to end the game), Guerin Catholic Ben Makowski, Long Snapper, Penn Kirk Barron, Center, Mishawaka Marian Eric Swingler, Left tackle, Munster (walk-on. so much for 'D1 offers' meaning anything) Matt McCann, Right Tackle, Bishop Chatard And these are just the starters! And they all played well, especially the three OLinemen, considering how many passes they threw and how clean Sindelar stayed most of the night. This doesn't even take into account key back-ups and the multitude of freshman on the team from Indiana. This is a program on the rise (hopefully their coach sticks around a few more years) seemingly built on the backs of our Indiana boys! We're doing alright.
  10. OK, ten in 27 years. Still not anywhere close to "2-3 a year". And multiple prospects? A guy like you, who is always so hard core about results and absolutes arguing prospects? A prospect who doesn't go D1 would never, ever in a million years be considered for this argument if you were trying to argue the other side, and you know it. You'd belittle someone to death if they tried to argue a program's strength based on "prospects" if those prospects never panned out to actual D1 signings. Nice attempt at a counter, though.
  11. I know everyone on here is worried about the quantity of D1 recruits, but what about the quality? Obviously Indiana is never going to produce the amounts of Texas, Florida, California, or even Ohio. But I just watched a Clemson game where an Indiana kid came in at QB for mop-up duty as a freshman. An Indiana boy is going to QB Michigan in a bowl game. Next year could see, maybe, two Indiana Boys starting for IU. There are numerous Indiana boys tearing it up in D2, NAIA, and the like. Guys like Ike James, Marty Carter, and Justin Green are tearing it up at RB for some perennial lower level powers. Hell, they are talking about Carter getting some NFL looks. Don't get caught up in the horribly inexact science of D1 recruiting. It means little. Indiana is producing solid college football players at all levels.
  12. You keep mentioning how Merriville has, apparently, been a D1 factory in the past. I'm curious if I'm missing something. To the best of my knowledge, since 1990, there's been: Jamel Williams, Nebraska '92 Eugene Wilson, Illinois '98 Michael Neal, Purdue '04 Dexter Larimore, Ohio State '06 James Aldridge, Notre Dame '06 (also a move in his junior year from St. Louis, so not a native Regionite) Dalapo McCarthy, Purdue walk-on '08 Aaron Kaszmarski, Central Michigan '08 Matt Neal, Idaho '11 I'm sure I'm missing some players. So this is a list of 8 players in 27 years who went D1 from Merillville. Even accounting for a few names i have to be missing, this is extremely impressive. However, it is nowhere near this "2-3 D1 players a year" you keep spouting when harping on the decline of region football.
  13. Kirk Kennedy Retires

    Without being inside his head, obviously, he got an opportunity to coach Bloomington South along with a job in the school that wasn't teaching. I'm not sure what the actual title was, but it was something that wouldn't have him int he classroom (or gym/classroom as was the case at Lowell) all day. Plus, the chance to work at a 5a school. Personally, i always thought Lowell was the perfect setting for him. I never thought his ways would work at a 5a program, especially one like Bloomington South. Never should have left Lowell, in my humble opinion. But to each his own.
  14. Lowell vs East Central!

    I'm a tad older than you. I have fond memories of watching Mike Pickett break the first play from scrimmage for an 80 yard TD against mighty Hobart for Lowell's first regional win under Kennedy. If you really wanted to watch an electric Lowell TB, you should have seen Matt Pernick. Everyone kind of forgets him as one of Lowell's past great backs, probably because he took the starting job right as Lowell joined the Northwest Hoosier conference for five years in the mid/late 90's and started whooping the likes of North Newton, KV, Lake Station, River Forest, and North Judson (although NJSP did win two out of the five meetings). Pernick went on to walk on at Purdue as a wide receiver and was actually in line to start Brees' Junior year, but "things happened" and he was dismissed from the team before the season started. Might be one of the best pure athletes to come out of Lowell. Personally, I'm partial to a lightly touted #6: Mike French. But that's only cause i played with the guy. Very quick back, who wasn't going to break many long runs, but could weave and cut his way through traffic for a 8-10 yard gain almost at will.
  15. Lowell vs East Central!

    Their DC is a guy named Derek Thompson. A former Lowell player from the early Kennedy days. Was on their first Regional championship team in '94, I believe. Spent some time with Merrillville early in his career as the DLine coach when they were making routine deep playoff runs under Zak Wells before going to Lowell as the DC when Kilmer became head coach.