Featured Speakers for 2017
Painter, Parkinson, Miller, Davenport to speak at IBCA clinic
Patterson to offer a coaching certification session at annual gathering set for April 21-22 at Lawrence North
An “Indiana’s own” lineup of speakers on Friday night, a dozen high school coaches, a roundtable of retired coaches and an Issues & Answers Forum highlight the agenda for the 2017 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Spring Clinic.
Purdue’s Matt Painter, IUPUI’s Austin Parkinson and Hanover College’s Jon Miller – a trio of former Indiana high school players who have gone on to become highly successful college coaches after playing for in-state colleges – headline the Friday evening agenda.
Sessions begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 21 and run through 9:45 p.m. at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Sessions resume at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22 and conclude at 12:30 p.m.
Cost to attend the clinic is $50 for current-year IBCA members and $100 for non-members. Anyone wishing to register for the clinic now must do so “at the door” on April 21 or April 22. Online preregistration for the clinic ended on April 10.
In addition, Scott Davenport of Bellarmine University, which reached the NCAA Division II national semifinals this season, and Jason Otter of Shoot-A-Way Basketball also are on the weekend itinerary. Also, Paul Patterson, former coach at Taylor University, will provide an IHSAA coaches’ certification session.
Also, the 12 IBCA Coaches of the Year — who were announced last week — will offer their secrets to success.
Boys coaches scheduled to speak are Valparaiso’s Barak Coolman, Crown Point’s Clint Swan, Warren Central’s Criss Beyers, Oak Hill’s Kevin Renbarger, Connersville Kerry Brown and Floyd Central’s Todd Sturgeon.
Girls coaches on the itinerary include Kankakee Valley’s Ryan Myers, Northridge’s Doug Springer, Northwestern’s Kathie Layden, North Central’s DeeAnn Ramey, Wood Memorial’s Johnnie Bartley and Mike McBride of Eastern (Pekin).
The roundtable of retired coaches tips off the clinic agenda and will feature John Heaton, Wayne Kreiger and Don Lostutter on a panel moderated by Indiana SportsTalk host Bob Lovell. The three coaches will discuss steps that they took to make their programs successful for the long run.
Heaton amassed a 418-377 ledger in 33 seasons as a varsity boys’ coach at Eastern Greene, Southwestern (Shelby), Silver Creek and Shelbyville high schools. Kreiger compiled a 588-233 record in 36 seasons as a varsity girls’ coach at Columbia City and Fort Wayne Canterbury, leading the Cavaliers to the 2013 Class A state championship and amassing three state runner-up finishes (one at Columbia City, two at Canterbury). Lostutter amassed 296 victories in 22 seasons as a boys’ varsity coach at Indianapolis Arlington, Rushville, Lafayette Jeff and Madison.
Questions from those in attendance will be encouraged.
Featured Speakers Matt Painter, Purdue University
With a trio of Sweet 16 appearances, nine NCAA Tournament berths, Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles and an international gold medal on his résumé, Purdue coach Matt Painter is widely regarded as one of the brightest minds in all of college basketball.
His success in 2016-17 included a 27-8 overall record, a Big Ten regular-season title at 14-4 and reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Those numbers pushed his overall record to 290-147 in 13 seasons as a head coach, including one year at Southern Illinois (25-5 in 2003-04).
His 12-year Purdue mark is 265-142, including a 127-85 ledger in Big Ten contests. Painter stands third on the school’s all-time wins list (265) behind legendary mentors, Gene Keady (512) and Ward “Piggy” Lambert (371), both of whom have been inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Painter’s teams have averaged more than 22 victories per season during his tenure at Purdue, including at least 25 wins in six of those seasons. His tenure has seen Purdue basketball restore its status among the upper echelon of college basketball programs. The last 10 years have seen nine 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament berths, three Sweet 16 appearances, two regular-season Big Ten titles and a Big Ten Tournament crown.
The three winningest classes in program history are the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2010, respectively, and five of the 10 winningest individual players Purdue has ever seen have come from the Painter ranks.
A 1989 Indiana All-Star player from Delta High School in Muncie, Painter played for four seasons under Keady at Purdue, helping the Boilermakers to three NCAA Tournament berths and an NIT appearance. He amassed 276 assists during his career, a figure that still ranked 20th on the program’s career list. He was team captain as a senior in 1992-93 and earned honorable mention all-Big Ten accolades that season.
Painter wasted no time in beginning his journey through the college coaching ranks, helping guide Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) to a 22-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 1993-94. He was an assistant in 1994-95 at Barton College (N.C.), then became an assistant for three seasons at Eastern Illinois.
In 1998, Painter reunited with former longtime Purdue assistant Bruce Weber at Southern Illinois, where he spent five seasons as the latter’s top assistant. Painter was introduced to the head coaching ranks at SIU in 2003-04, succeeding Weber with the Salukis and guiding them to a 25-5 record, earning an NCAA Tournament berth and being named Missouri Valley Coach of the Year. Painter returned to Purdue in 2004-05 as associate head coach, part of a planned transition to succeed Keady. He officially became the program’s head coach on April 1, 2005, and quickly embarked on rebuilding the Boilermakers into a high-level program. He has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2008, 2010 and 2011), twice has been an Henry Iba Award nominee (2008, 2009) and was a Naismith Coach of the Year finalist in 2008. Internationally, Painter was an assistant for the USA Basketball Under-19 Team that won gold at the 2009 U19 World Championship and he was head coach for the U.S. team that played in the World University Games in 2011.
Painter has three children – Maggie, Emma and Brayden.
Austin Parkinson, IUPUI
Austin Parkinson has lifted the IUPUI women’s basketball program into a perennial Summit League contender in seven seasons as the Jaguars’ coach. Parkinson inherited a three-win team when he took over as coach just days prior to the start of the 2010-11 campaign. Since then, he has led IUPUI to four 20-win seasons over the past five years, six straight appearances in the Summit League Tournament, four postseason WNIT selections and the program’s first NCAA Division I postseason win in 2014.
That postseason victory over Central Michigan in the WNIT marked the Jaguars 23rd of the year, which set a then-Division I program record for wins in a season. In 2016-17, Parkinson’s crew topped that mark by going 24-9, reaching the Summit League Tournament final and again playing in the WNIT.
His seven-year record with the Jaguars is 120-101, including a 64-50 mark in Summit League contests. Parkinson was named the Summit League Coach of the Year in 2012-13, and his success has been built around two primary philosophies – keeping Indiana players at home and defense.
Of his six recruiting classes, more than half of the players he has signed have been from inside state lines and 19 of 21 players have been from Indiana or bordering states. Once the players join the program, they quickly get a taste for Parkinson’s emphasis on defense. In his seven seasons, the Jags have ranked in the top three in the league in scoring defense five times.
In total, Parkinson has mentored 13 players who have gone on to win Summit League honors. Kerah Nelson and DeAirra Goss lead that group as Nelson was a four-time All-League selection, including two-time first-team honoree, and Goss was a two-time All-League selection in her two seasons with the Jags. In 2016, Danielle Lawrence and Mikale Rogers became the first pair of
underclassmen to both be named to the first-team All-Summit League in program history, and Lawrence became a repeat first-team selection in 2017. Parkinson became the ninth coach in Jaguars women’s history in September 2010, after assisting the IUPUI men for two seasons (2008-10) and helping the men to a 41-25 record.
Prior to coming to IUPUI, Parkinson’s coaching experience included one year as the Director of Basketball Operations at IPFW (2007-08) and two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Indianapolis (2005-07). He began his coaching career at Purdue, his alma mater, as a student assistant in 2004-05. Parkinson was a four-year letterman for longtime coach Gene Keady with the Boilermakers. He closed his career tied for 10th on the Purdue’s all-time assist list after leading the squad in that category in both his sophomore and seniors seasons. Additionally, he led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio in each of his final three seasons. He received both his bachelor’s (’04) and master’s degrees (’06) from Purdue in Organizational Leadership and Supervision.
A Northwestern High School graduate who was named an Indiana All-Star in 2000, Parkinson comes from impressive basketball pedigree. His father, Bruce, is Purdue’s all-time assist leader and a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. His grandfather Jack played for Adolph Rupp at Kentucky and is a member of the Indiana and Kentucky Basketball halls of fame.
Parkinson and his wife, Whittney, have one child – Wren, who turns 1 in September 2017.
Jon Miller, Hanover College
Jon Miller directed Hanover College farther in this 2017 postseason than the Panthers have ever gone before, reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III tournament. Hanover went 26-4 overall and 16-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2016-17, and Miller has been honored as the HCAC Coach of the Year, the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year and the Great Lakes District Coach of the Year.
In nine seasons with the Panthers, he has compiled a 150-91 record. In 14 seasons as a college head coach, he is 217-154.
Miller is the 21st coach in Hanover College history but just the program’s third coach since 1965, following John Collier and Mike Beitzel. Miller’s first eight seasons were marked by the program’s return to its traditionally high standards, averaging nearly 18 wins per season in years five through eight. Season 9 was even better with the deep postseason run.
Individually, several Hanover players have been honored as all-conference players, junior Wes McKinney was the 2017 HCAC Player of the Year and two others (Mitchell Meyer and Michael Case) were finalists for the league’s Player of the Year Award in the past. Four players (McKinney, Meyer, Case and Ryan Nowicki) have joined the 1,000 career-points club. Following both of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, Miller’s team has had the HCAC Freshman of the Year (McKinney and V.J. Billups).
Academically, the program has achieved at a high level as well. Miller’s expectations are high for how his players will work to reach their potential in the classroom. McKinney was named a second-team Academic All-American this season and Michael Case was an Academic All-American in 2012. Also, the 2014-15 season saw four players named to the honor unit for their performance in the classroom.
Miller, a 1997 Hanover graduate, returned to his alma mater after five seasons as the head coach at Defiance College (Ohio). During that stretch, he guided the Yellow Jackets to a 67-63 record, including the school’s first outright HCAC championship in the 2007-08 season. He was named HCAC Coach of the Year and Midwest District Coach of the Year that season. He guided two HCAC Players of the Year and two four-time all-league players at Defiance.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Miller spent four years on Beitzel’s staff at Hanover. During that span, the Panthers won three HCAC titles, played in three straight D III tournaments and posted the best win percentage in school history in 2002-03 at 27-2. Miller’s recruiting during the stretch included two All-Americans (Thad McCracken and Matt Moore) and two HCAC Players of the Year (McCracken and Moore).
Miller got his start in coaching following his collegiate playing career, serving as the top assistant at DePauw University from 1997 to 1999. His efforts over that two-year stint helped produce one All-American and two conference players of the year for the Tigers.
Earlier, Miller enjoyed a fine career as a four-year starter and three-time all-conference selection at Hanover during the mid-1990s. Voted the team’s most valuable player after the 1996-97 campaign, Miller helped the Panthers earn NCAA tourney appearances in both 1995 and 1996. A two-time team captain, he was also a three-year recipient of the Hanover Scholar-Athlete Award and the college honored him as the Most Outstanding Senior Male Athlete in 1997. In addition to basketball, Miller also played four years of baseball, earning the team’s most valuable player award in 1996.
Miller played high school basketball at Franklin Central, graduating in 1993. He was a four-year varsity player for coach Mark James, helping the Flashes to sectional championships in 1990 and 1993 as well as a Marion County Tournament title in 1991. He was chosen all-sectional and all-Marion County as a senior and played in the City-County All-Star Game at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Miller and his wife, Angela, have three children – Luke, Jack and Audrey.
Scott Davenport, Bellarmine University
Scott Davenport became the 11th coach in Bellarmine University men’s basketball history in April 2005. In 12 seasons, he has guided the Knights to the top of NCAA Division II with a national championship in 2011 and yet another Elite Eight appearance in 2016-17, ultimately ending in the national semifinals with a 32-4 record.
During his tenure, Bellarmine has posted a 287-93 overall mark and a 161-58 slate in Great Lakes Valley Conference games. His teams have won 23 or more games overall, 12 or more GLVC games and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for nine seasons in a row.
The pinnacle came in 2010-11, when the Knights went 33-2 and won the national title. That season, Davenport was named national Coach of the Year by two different organizations: the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Division II Bulletin. He also has been chosen GLVC Coach of the Year three times (2011, 2012 and 2017), and his teams have posted three 30-win seasons (2010-11, 2014-15 and 2016-17).
In his time at Bellarmine, four players have been named to All-America squads, 29 have been named to All-GLVC teams while four have earned conference Player of the Year accolades and another was named GLVC Freshman of the Year and National Player of the Year.
Prior to coming to Bellarmine, Davenport served nine years as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville under Denny Crum and Rick Pitino. He also served a year as an assistant coach on Mike Pollio’s staff at Virginia Commonwealth, where he coached alongside future Kentucky coach Tubby Smith.
Before heading to Louisville, Davenport spent 10 seasons as the boys’ varsity head coach at Louisville Ballard, where he amassed a 258-69 ledger that included the 1988 Kentucky state championship at 36-3. At Ballard, Davenport coached two future NBA players in DeJuan Wheat and Allan Houston, Kentucky’s 1988 Mr. Basketball.
After earning a degree in psychology from Louisville in 1978, Davenport served as an assistant coach at Louisville Ahrens (1978-80) and Louisville Ballard (1980-83) high schools. He was a graduate assistant coach at Louisville for two seasons (1983-85) before spending one year as an assistant at Virginia Commonwealth (1985-86). Davenport followed as head coach at Ballard from 1986-96 before joining the Louisville staff from 1996-2005.
He earned a master’s degree in education from Louisville in 1985.
A Louisville native, Davenport and his wife, Sharon, have two sons, Russ and Doug, both Bellarmine graduates.