HEAD COACH OPENING 2018 10/22/2017CONFIRMED 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 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 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 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 East Central: Justin Roden Don Stonefield (Interim ) Munster: Leroy Marsh Floyd Central: Brian Glesing
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I like what Dave Mosbey did in the PAC thread..so mine will be sort of similar. Last Season Standings 1. Washington 6-0 2. Mt. Carmel 5-1 3. Jasper 3-3 4. Mt. Vernon 2-4 (tie) Princeton 2-4 (tie) Lincoln 2-4 (tie) 7. Boonville 1-5 ______________________________________________________ 2017-2018 Preview (rosters are based off max preps, unsure of accuracy) Boonville Pioneers- Returning varsity roster: 1 senior, 3 juniors, 2 soph (roster on max preps seems incomplete) Boonville looks to have a pretty young roster once again following a 3 win season last year. They will have a new head coach Brian Schoonover. The Pioneers could have a long season ahead. Jasper Wildcats Returning varsity roster: 4 seniors, 3 juniors, 1 soph I expect Jasper to be...well, Jasper. They seem to have a good group of veteran players every year. They're well coached by John Goebel, play sound fundamentally, and will make you earn what you get. Despite losing Nottingham, I think the Wildcats will be a factor in the conference race. Unfortunately, they make the jump to 4A and will be up against the likes of Reitz and Castle come sectional time. Mt. Carmel Golden Aces Returning varsity roster: 4 seniors, 5 juniors The big question mark for Mt. Carmel is whether their stud Marcotte will be able to play. An injury before football season sidelined him. Not totally sure what it was. (ACL?) With Marcotte, this team is the unquestioned Big 8 favorite (and a probable Illinois state final favorite), but even without him I think they will be strong contenders. Mt. Vernon Wildcats Returning varsity roster: 6 seniors, 1 juniors, 5 soph Mt. Vernon seems to return a wealth of experience. I expect some improvement from 7 wins a year ago. Based on the recent history though, I'm not gonna call them a contender yet...will have to see more. Princeton Tigers Returning varsity roster: 5 seniors, 4 juniors Princeton has a lot of experience coming back as well. Unlike Mt. Vernon though, I'm gonna say the Tigers will be a force in the conference. They had several close losses last season that they could flip in their favor this year. Vincennes Lincoln Alices Returning varsity roster: 6 seniors, 4 juniors Coming off their first losing season since 2010-11, Lincoln looks to rebound in a big way for 2nd year coach Josh Thompson. They return 4 of 5 starters and 4 others who played significant varsity time. This group struggled to score last season under a new system, but looked really good at times. Despite only winning 8 regular season games, the Alices were able to make it to the sectional championship. I think they can build off that this year, and they should with the talent they have back. Lincoln will definitely be in the mix, but the conference is so experienced it's hard to say where they will finish. Washington Hatchets Returning varsity roster: 3 seniors, 2 juniors, 2 soph Unlike most of the conference, Washington looks to have minimal varsity experience coming back this year. They lost a great bunch of seniors that led them to the 2016-17 Big 8 title. I think the Hatchets will be competitive as always with Coach Miiller at the helm. But with the rest of the conference on the upswing, they will be middle of the pack at best. This is a very general summary of each team. I don't claim to have any inside knowledge other than VL. This is all based off of the teams I saw play last season and the projected rosters. PLEASE CORRECT ME IF YOU SEE AN ERROR. ______________________________________________________________ So there's a lot of experience, but a lot of uncertainty in the conference in 2017-18. This could easily be a year where there's a 2 or 3 way tie for 1st place. If I had to choose now, I would say Mt. Carmel is the favorite. Even without Marcotte, they still return most of the team that went deep into the Illinois tourney and lost to Chicago Orr. They've got a good coach in Tyler Buss who has been there a while. I feel like they've got the right combination of experience, coaching, and familiarity going right now. Of course, I can see Lincoln, Jasper and even Princeton rising to the top.