Congratulations to the 2017-18 Bob King Award winners as Boys’ Coaches of the Year.
Michael Edison, LaVille
Michael Edison is an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after guiding LaVille to a 23-1 campaign that included the championship of the Hoosier North Conference at 7-0.
In 10 seasons, Edison has directed the Lancers to a 144-87 record with sectional titles in 2013 and 2015.
Edison was a standout player at Plymouth High School, where he helped the Pilgrims to 20-4 and 23-3 records as a junior and senior while playing for his father, Jack. He was chosen to the 1995 Indiana All-Star team and was runner-up in voting for that year’s Mr. Basketball award.
He went on to play four seasons at Bethel College for coach Mike Lightfoot, helping the Pilots win NAIA national championships in 1997 and 1998. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in education.
Edison began coaching career at Concord, where he served as JV coach in the 1999-2000 season. He then returned to Plymouth, where he assisted his father for seven seasons, highlighted by the Pilgrims winning the 2007 Class 3A state championship.
He became the head coach at LaVille beginning in 2008-09. During his tenure, the Lancers have won 15 or more games six times and 21 or more games twice.
Edison taught social studies for 10 years and is completing his fifth year as an assistant principal at LaVille.
He and his wife, Emily, are parents to six children – Lauren (13), Brooke (11), Lance (9), Ella (7), Sophie (5) and Luke (2).
Rob Yoder, Westview
Rob Yoder is an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after leading Westview to a 28-2 season that included sectional and regional titles plus a co-championship of the Northeast Corner Conference at 10-1.
Yoder’s teams have gone 257-115 in his 15 seasons at Westview, his alma mater. During his tenure, the Warriors have won eight sectionals (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018), four regionals (2006, 2008, 2014 and 2018) and one semi-state (2014).
He was named Elkhart Truth Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2014, and he was honored as KPC Media Coach of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Yoder will be an assistant coach for the 2018 Indiana Junior All-Stars.
Yoder was a four-year player at Westview, graduating in 1988. He went on to Dawson (Mont.) Community College for two years and completed college at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. While at Hardin-Simmons, he set a single-season record with 87 steals in 1992-93 that he still shares and dealt 140 assists that still stands No. 2 on the school list. In two seasons at HSU, he is seventh on the program’s career list for assists (259) and 10th on its career list for steals (128).
Yoder began his coaching career as an assistant at Hardin-Simmons in 1994-95. He then returned to Indiana, serving as a boys’ assistant for one season at Lakeland (1995-96) and seven years at Westview (1996-2003) before becoming the Warriors’ head coach.
Yoder – who also was a standout soccer player in high school – earned a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons in 1994. He currently is self employed as a general contractor.
Yoder and his wife, Cori, have two children – Charlie, 17, and Carigan, 15.
Daniel Cox, New Castle
Daniel Cox is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after directing New Castle to a 27-3 season that included sectional, regional and Hoosier Heritage Conference championships.
The Trojans got off to a 16-0 start to the season, the best start in the program’s 105-year history, and posted a school-record 22 regular-season victories before falling to Culver Military in the Lafayette Semi-state.
Cox, a 2005 graduate of New Castle, has guided his alma mater to a 79-43 record in five seasons. The Trojans also won the HCC in 2016, and he twice has been selected HHC Coach of the Year.
As a player, Cox twice was selected all-North Central Conference. He helped New Castle win the 2003 NCC championship and claim a sectional crown in 2005. After high school, Cox played one season at the University of Indianapolis and three seasons at Taylor University. At Taylor, he scored 1,181 points with the Trojans and was recognized as an NAIA honorable mention All-American in 2007.
Cox earned his bachelor’s degree from Taylor in 2009 and began his coaching career for as a men’s assistant coach at Anderson University in 2009-10. He served as a boys’ assistant for three seasons at Carmel before accepting the New Castle head coaching position in the spring of 2013.
Cox teaches physical education at New Castle Middle School.
He and his wife, Kelley, have a son – Calvin, 5.
Matt English, Beech Grove
Matt English is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after leading Beech Grove to a 19-6 season that included the co-championship of the Indiana Crossroads Conference at 6-1.
English has a career record of 160-172 in 15 seasons as a boys’ basketball head coach. That ledger includes a 26-25 ledger at Huntingdon (Tenn.), a 24-39 mark in three years at Seeger (2001-04) and a 110-108 slate in 10 seasons at Beech Grove.
English will be the head coach for the 2018 Indiana Junior All-Stars.
English is a 1991 graduate of Greenfield-Central High School, where he was a three-year varsity letterman and a two-time all-Central Suburban Athletic Conference selection in basketball for the Cougars. He also was a three-year letterman in baseball.
English went on to attend Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn. There, he remains the school’s career scoring leader (with 2,530 points) and career rebound leader (with 1,531) while being on Wildcats’ top-10 lists in multiple single-season categories. He led college basketball players at all levels with 457 rebounds in 1995-96.
He three times was named all-Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference. He also was selected an NAIA second-team All-American in 1993-94 and chosen an NAIA first-team All-American in 1995-96. English had his jersey No. 41 retired at Bethel in 1997, and he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2006.
English began his career as a teacher and coach at Huntingdon High School in Huntingdon, Tenn. There he was the varsity boys’ basketball coach for two seasons (1996-98), compiling a 26-25 record and being a 1998 regional qualifier.
He returned to Indiana and was a boys’ basketball assistant for one year at Eminence (1998-99) and two years at Tri-West (1999-2001) before becoming head coach at Seeger (2001-04), inheriting a program that had won just eight games in the three years prior to his arrival. The Patriots won the Bi-County Tournament in his final season there. English then moved to Center Grove, serving as a boys’ basketball assistant to Cliff Hawkins from 2004-08, before being named head coach at Beech Grove.
With the Hornets, his teams have gone 13-10, 18-7 and 19-6 the past three seasons, the program’s first run of three consecutive winning seasons since the mid-1960s. They also won at least one game in the Marion County Tournament the past two seasons, the first such back-to-back successes since 1994 and 1995. The Hornets have won ICC titles in 2010 and 2018 under his direction. Beech Grove’s overall program record for 2017-18 was 58-8 (19-6 varsity, 21-0 JV and 18-2 freshman team).
English also coached two seasons of girls’ softball at Huntingdon, leading the team to a 36-23 record that included 1998 sectional and regional titles and a Class A final four appearance. He was named 1998 Tennessee District A Coach of the Year in softball.
English received his bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in 1996. He taught biology, anatomy or physiology for about 16 years. He has been athletic director at Beech Grove for 6½ years.
English and his wife, Angela, have three daughters – Kayla, 25, Taylor, 24, and Addison, 9.
Scott McClelland, Morristown
Scott McClelland is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after guiding Morristown to a 28-2 season that included the Class A state championship. The season also included sectional, regional and semi-state titles as well as crowns in the Wheeler North/South Holiday Classic (in the Hoosier Gym) and the Shelby County Tournament.
McClelland has a career record of 186-152 in 15 seasons as a boys’ basketball head coach. That total includes a 73-78 mark in a previous seven-year stint at Morristown (2003-10), a 25-16 record in two seasons at Brebeuf Jesuit (2010-12), a 31-35 slate in three years at Western Boone (2012-15) and a 57-23 ledger in the third year of his second tenure at Morristown (2015-present).
His overall record in 10 seasons with the Yellow Jackets is 130-101 with a previous sectional title in 2007 to go along with the 2018 tournament run. He is the all-time winningest coach in boys’ basketball at Morristown and has guided the program to Shelby County Tournament crowns in 2005, 2006, 2017 and 2018.
McClelland was chosen Shelby County Coach of the Year in 2007, and he will be an assistant coach for the 2018 Indiana Junior All-Stars.
McClelland is a 1993 graduate of Yorktown High School, where he played basketball and football. He attended Ancilla College and played basketball there for one year. He completed his education at Ball State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1998.
McClelland began coaching in 1995 while a BSU student as a girls’ basketball assistant at Yorktown, assisting the program at his alma mater for three years. He then became the girls’ head coach at Wapahani for one season, guiding the Raiders to an 11-11 record and a sectional title in 1999. He was recognized as the 1999 girls Mid-Eastern Conference Coach of the Year.
He then moved to boys basketball, serving as an assistant for one season each at Blue River Valley (2000-01), Cathedral (2001-02) and Scecina (2002-03) before being named the boys’ head coach at Morristown for the 2003-04 season.
McClelland is a teacher at Morristown Junior-Senior High School and teaches classes in social studies, geography, world history and United States history.
He and his wife, Sonja, have one daughter, Anna, 7.
Todd Sturgeon, Floyd Central
Todd Sturgeon is a District 3 Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season after leading Floyd Central to a 24-2 campaign that included a Hoosier Hills Conference championship and a runner-up finish in the Seymour Sectional. This year’s team set a school record by allowing just 44.7 points per game and its 24 victories were the most for the Highlanders since 1989.
In four seasons at Floyd Central, Sturgeon has compiled a 70-25 record.
Sturgeon is a 1983 graduate of Brownstown Central High School, where he was a two-time all-Mid-Southern Conference selection while playing for coach Stan Weber. He then went to DePauw University, playing four seasons and helping the Tigers qualify for three NCAA Division III tournaments and hold a then-D III-record 61 game home-court winning streak.
He graduated from DePauw in 1988 and stayed in Greencastle under Royce Waltman as an assistant coach for four seasons, qualifying for three D III tournaments and finishing as the 1990 national runner-up. Sturgeon moved with Waltman to assist at the University of Indianapolis for the next five seasons, helping the Greyhounds earn two NCAA Division II Tournament berths.
Sturgeon succeeded Waltman as the Greyhounds’ head coach, compiling a 151-126 mark in 10 seasons, four times reaching the Top 25 in Division II, three NCAA Division II tournaments and guiding the Division II National Player of the Year in David Logan of North Central.
Sturgeon took a seven-year sabbatical from full-time coaching, working for AFLAC and Home Care Assistance while coaching sons Connor and Cameron in youth basketball, baseball and football.
He returned to the sidelines at Floyd Central and boasts a coaching tree with former assistants now working as an NBA assistant coach, two men’s college head coaches, one women’s college head coach and five Indiana high school boys’ varsity head coaches.
Sturgeon and his wife, Lisa, have two sons. Connor, 20, is a sophomore at the University of Alabama, and Cameron, 17, is a junior in the Floyd Central basketball program.