Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Bob King Award winners as Boys’ Coaches of the Year.
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March 31, 2020 IBCA Director of Special Projects
Six boys coaches honored by IBCA for 2020-21 season
Chris Johnson, Homestead
Chris Johnson of Homestead is a recipient of District 1 Coach of the Year honors following a 25-1 season that included Summit Athletic Conference and Columbia City Sectional championships.
A 1983 graduate of Brookville High School and a 1988 graduate of Ball State University, Johnson has a 372-152 record with seven sectional titles, two regional crowns, one semi-state trophy and one Class 4A state championship in 22 seasons with the Spartans. He previously was coach from 1994-99 at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, where his teams won two sectionals and one regional while going 80-35.
Johnson’s overall record is 452-185 in 27 seasons. He previously was named an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. He also was an assistant coach for the 2012 Indiana All-Stars.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Johnson played basketball at Brookville and worked with two fantastic head coaches in Paul Frye at Cincinnati Elder from 1989-1992 and Jim East at Merrillville from 1992-1994. While an assistant under these coaches, Johnson was a part of three sectional and two regional championships.
Johnson is also fortunate to gain knowledge and ideas from his brother, Mark Johnson, recently retired head coach at South Bend St. Joseph who won 470 games and multiple sectional and regional championships while at South Bend LaSalle, South Bend Riley and South Bend St. Joseph.
Johnson and his wife, Nicole, have two adult children – Jade and Macy.
Chad Johnston, South Bend Adams
Chad Johnston is an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after guiding South Bend Adams to a 23-2 season that included a Northern Indiana Conference championship at 11-0.
Johnston has compiled a 71-32 record in four seasons at South Bend Adams, and he has a 266-169 ledger in 19 seasons as a varsity coach. From 2002-17, Johnston had a 195-137 slate in 15 seasons at South Bend Washington with a sectional title in 2010.
A 1991 graduate of South Bend Clay, Johnston played basketball for four seasons under Hall of Fame coach Tom DeBaets. Johnston went on to Bethel College, playing for Mike Lightfoot and helping the Pilots to an NAIA National Championship as a senior in 1995. Johnston earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bethel in 1995. He later earned a master’s degree in special education from IU-South Bend in 2008.
Johnston started his coaching career as the South Bend Clay freshman coach in 1996-97. He was the South Bend Riley JV/varsity assistant coach from 1997-2002 prior to being named varsity coach at South Bend Washington in 2002.
He has been named NIC Coach of the Year on six occasions (2006, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2020 and 2021), and he was the South Bend Tribune Metro Coach for the NIC-North Lakes Conference Challenge at Goshen College in 2011 and 2012. He also will be head coach for the 2021 Junior All-Stars.
Johnston is in his 25th year of teaching for South Bend Community Schools, and he currently teaches in the special education department at South Bend Adams.
He and his wife, Sarah, have two sons – K.J., 15, and Carter, 12.
Ryan Osborn, Carmel
Ryan Osborn of Carmel is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after leading Carmel to a 26-2 season that included the Class 4A state championship. Earlier, the Greyhounds also claimed titles in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, the Carmel Sectional, the Logansport Regional and the Lafayette Semi-State.
He has a four-year record of 91-18 as a varsity head coach with one MIC, four sectional, three regional and three semi-state crowns in addition to the two state championships.
Osborn will be head coach for the 2021 Indiana All-Stars. He was to coach the 2020 Indiana All-Stars, but the 2020 All-Star games were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He previously was an assistant coach for the 2019 Indiana Junior All-Stars.
A 1999 graduate of Logansport High School, Osborn competed in basketball, baseball and football in high school and averaged 19.4 points in basketball as a senior. He attended Butler University for one semester, then transferred to IUPUI where he played three seasons of basketball – including being a part of the Jaguars’ team that earned a berth in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. He graduated from IUPUI in 2004 and later earned a master’s degree in 2009 from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz.
Osborn began his coaching career as IUPUI’s director of basketball operations for Ron Hunter from 2004-06. He then served as a boys’ basketball assistant coach at Avon to Jason Young for five seasons and followed with six years as a boys’ basketball assistant to Scott Heady at Carmel. The Orioles were 62-46 during his time in Hendricks County, including a school-best 20-3 mark in 2010-11. The Greyhounds were 131-25 while he assisted with five sectional titles plus two regional, two semi-state and two Class 4A state championships.
Osborn is in his 10th year as a physical education teacher at Carmel. He previously was a physical education teacher for one year at Lebanon High School and for five years at Avon.
He and his wife, Megan, have two children – Ryan, 15, and Griffin, 10.
Andy Weaver, Plainfield
Andy Weaver is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after directing Plainfield to a 24-3 campaign that included championships of the Mid-State Conference and the Avon Sectional. The sectional title was the Quakers’ first at the Class 4A level and the program’s first since 1999 when it captured the Class 3A state championship.
Weaver is 112-100 in nine seasons at Plainfield and has a 338-276 record in 27 seasons as a varsity coach. His total includes a 207-132 slate in 15 seasons at Western and an 18-45 mark in three seasons at Pioneer. Overall, his teams have captured seven sectionals (six at Western, one at Plainfield), one regional trophy (at Western in 2004), eight conference titles (six at Western, two at Plainfield) and five Howard County Tournament crowns (all at Western).
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Carroll (Flora), serving there from 1989-94 before becoming head coach at Pioneer.
Weaver previously was an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year in 2004. He also was an Indiana All-Star assistant coach in 2010, and he was named Mid-State Conference Coach of the Year in 2020 and 2021.
A 1984 graduate of Clinton Prairie High School, Weaver played basketball for the Gophers under coaches Myron Chezem and Bobby Smith, winning a sectional in 1982 with Smith as coach. Weaver went on to play one year of basketball at Manchester College under Terry Heavilon. Weaver then transferred to Purdue, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in administration.
He has taught high school math for 32 years; at Plainfield, he teaches Advanced Placement Statistics and Algebra 2.
Weaver and his wife, Shelly, have three children – Bryce, 16, Madison, 12 and Michael, 12.
Jeff Moore, Sullivan
Jeff Moore is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after leading Sullivan to a 21-4 season that included championships of the Western Indiana Conference and the Washington Sectional.
Moore has a 468-269 record in 31 seasons with the Golden Arrows, the only head-coaching stop of his career. During that span, his teams have won 12 conference championships (Tri-River Conference and WIC), nine sectional titles and three regional trophies in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
He served as an assistant coach for the Indiana All-Stars in 2011, and he was head coach of the South team in the North/South Indiana All-Star Classic in 2014.
A 1979 graduate of Scottsburg High School, Moore was a starter on teams that captured sectional and regional titles as a player in 1978 (for coach Jim Barley) and 1979 (for coach Bill James) – both coaches being Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductees.
Moore went on to play basketball at Averett College in Virginia and Lees Junior College in Kentucky. He earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education in biology and chemistry from IU-Southeast in 1986. He later earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Indiana State in 2014.
He currently teaches biology, chemistry and Integrated Chemistry & Physics at Sullivan.
Moore began his coaching career in 1986 as the JV coach at Brownstown Central. He served there for four seasons before taking over as varsity coach at Sullivan for the 1990-91 season.
He and his wife, Julie, are parents to five adult children – Jeffrey, Erica, Alex, Mason and Max.
Josh Thompson, Barr-Reeve
Josh Thompson is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after guiding Barr-Reeve to a 29-2 season that included the Class A state championship. Previously, the Vikings won Blue Chip Conference, North Daviess Sectional, Loogootee Regional and Washington Semi-State.
Thompson is 80-6 in three seasons at Barr-Reeve with two conference, two sectional, two regional and two semi-state crowns. He has a career record of 190-162 with previous stops at Springs Valley, Wood Memorial and Vincennes Lincoln as a head coach. His teams went 30-80 in five seasons at Springs Valley, 53-51 with two sectional titles in four seasons at Wood Memorial and 27-25 in two seasons at Vincennes Lincoln.
At Barr-Reeve, his teams consistently have been among the state leaders in both defensive average and points per possession. Also, the Vikings’ 2020 team finished 25-1 and was ranked No. 1 in Class A when the tournament was shut down because of COVID-19.
Thompson began his career as an assistant coach to Ron McBride at Bloomfield. He also assisted Hall of Fame coach Steve Brett at Loogootee for four years. He was voted Southwest Indiana Coach of the Year by the Evansville Courier in 2019 and District I Coach of the Year by the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association in 2021. He also will be the assistant coach for the 2021 Junior All-Stars.
Thompson is a 1999 graduate of Bloomfield High School, where he played on the Cardinals’ 1998 Class A state runner-up team. He played one season of basketball at Hanover College and completed his bachelor’s degree in education at Indiana University in 2003. He later earned a master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 2005 and an administrator’s license from Oakland City University in 2006.
He is in his 18th year in education as a teacher or administrator. He currently teaches physical education and driver’s education at Barr-Reeve and serves as the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor. He formerly was a district representative for the IBCA and is a past-president of the HBCA.
Thompson and his wife, Jayme, are parents of three children – Jasye, 18, Tye, 14, and Griffyn, 8.