Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Bob King Award winners as Girls’ Coaches of the Year.
Mark Redding, Carroll (Fort Wayne)
Mark Redding of Carroll (Fort Wayne) is an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after leading the Chargers to a 25-3 season that included championships of the Summit Athletic Conference, the DeKalb Sectional and the Marion Regional.
Redding has amassed a 334-249 record in 26 seasons as a varsity girls basketball coach with his teams winning 11 sectional titles, three regional crowns, one semi-state trophy and one state championship.
He coached Fort Wayne Elmhurst for 15 seasons, compiling a 175-148 mark with five sectionals, two regionals, one semi-state and the Class 3A state championship in 2009 – the only state championship in any sport in Elmhurst history.
Elmhurst closed after the 2009-10 school year, and Redding then guided Fort Wayne Wayne to a 19-24 mark in two seasons. He followed by moving to Carroll, where the Chargers have put together a 140-77 ledger in nine seasons with six sectional crowns and one regional title.
Redding previously was named an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year in 2009.
The coach is a 1984 graduate of Elmhurst High School, where he participated for four years in basketball, cross country and baseball. He went on to Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from IU’s Kelley School of Business in 1989. He later earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007.
Redding began his basketball coaching career as a boys’ assistant at Elmhurst in 1992-93. He was an Elmhurst girls’ basketball assistant from 1993-95 prior to becoming the Trojans’ varsity coach from 1995-2010. He also was a baseball assistant at Elmhurst from 1986-94 and the baseball head coach at Fort Wayne South from 1994-99.
Redding has been a teacher in Fort Wayne Community Schools for 26 years. He teaches U.S. History to juniors at Wayne High School.
He and his wife, Holly, are parents to three children – Jacob, 23, Dillon, 21, and Michael, 19.
Chris Seibert, Crown Point
Chris Seibert is an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after guiding Crown Point to a 25-1 season that included championships in the Duneland Conference, Chesterton Sectional, LaPorte Regional, LaPorte Semi-state and a Class 4A state championship.
He is 128-29 in six seasons with the Bulldogs, includes three conference championships, three sectional championships and two regional championships.
Seibert has a 187-106 record in 12 seasons as a girls’ varsity coach. He previously was the coach at Portage for six seasons, and he also was the boys’ varsity coach at Hammond Morton for one season.
Seibert is a 2001 graduate of Valparaiso High School, where he played basketball and baseball. He attended Valparaiso University, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. In 2010, he earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Purdue University.
Seibert began his coaching career in 2002-03 as an assistant JV girls’ coach at Wheeler. He was a boys’ basketball varsity assistant at Wheeler for five seasons before going to Hammond Morton.
Seibert was named the 2021 Coach of the Year by the Gary Post-Tribune. He also was the 2019 Coach of the Year by the Post-Tribune and The Times of Northwest Indiana. In addition, Seibert was an assistant coach for the 2019 Indiana girls All-Star team.
He and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters – Addison, 10, and Brynn, 7.
Donna Buckley, Noblesville
Donna Buckley is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after guiding Noblesville to a 21-5 season that included the championship of the Zionsville Sectional.
Buckley has completed 13 seasons as varsity girls’ basketball coach at Noblesville and is 183-114 with the Lady Millers. In 21 seasons as a head coach, including stops at Fort Wayne South and Greenfield-Central, she has a 279-188 record.
The former Donna McCarty is a 1993 graduate of Clinton Central, where she played for Hall of Fame coach Linda Barnett and helped the Bulldogs to a sectional crown as a senior. She attended Taylor University, where she played basketball for two seasons.
Buckley started her coaching career at South Adams as an assistant coach for three seasons before becoming the head coach at Fort Wayne South for one season in 2000-01 with a 10-11 record. She then was at Greenfield-Central for seven seasons with an 86-63 ledger. She directed the Cougars to a sectional crown in 2004, still one of only two Greenfield sectional titles since the start of class basketball in 1997-98. Her Noblesville teams have won two sectionals, in 2015 and this year.
Buckley will be an assistant coach for the 2021 Indiana All-Stars. She was to be an assistant coach the 2020 Indiana All-Stars, but the 2020 All-Star games were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously was named a Junior All-Star assistant coach in 2014, but she was unable to take part in those games because of a death in her family.
She also was an IBCA District Coach of the Year in 2015.
Buckley is a teacher at Noblesville High School, where she teaches classes on avoiding substance abuse.
Debbie Smiley, Brownsburg
Debbie Smiley is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after directing Brownsburg to a 17-11 season that included a Class 4A state runner-up finish. Earlier, her Bulldogs had won the Terre Haute North Sectional, the Decatur Central Regional and the Jeffersonville Semi-State.
Smiley has directed the Bulldogs to a 108-49 record in six seasons. She has a 235-182 mark in 18 seasons overall, including a 127-133 slate in 12 seasons at Greenwood. She guided the Lady Woodmen to a sectional crown in 2012 as well as to three Johnson County Tournament titles and two Mid-State Conference crowns. At Brownsburg, Smiley’s teams have won five Hendricks County Tournament trophies, one Hoosier Crossroads Conference title and sectional crowns in 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021.
Smiley served as head coach for the 2019 Indiana All-Stars. That was one year after she was head coach for the 2018 Indiana Junior All-Stars. She also was an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year in 2018, and she was HCC Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2021. Smiley also is a winner of an IBCA/Point Guard College “Transformational Coach” Award for 2021.
Smiley is a 1991 graduate of Rushville, where she played for four seasons for Hall of Fame coach Cinda Brown. She then went to Franklin College, where she played for the Grizzlies, earned a bachelor’s in biology in 1995 and added a bachelor’s in secondary education in 1997. Smiley received her master’s in education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002.
Smiley began her coaching career as a women’s basketball assistant at Franklin College from 1995-2001. She then assisted in the Greenwood girls’ program for two seasons before taking over as the Lady Woodmen head coach from 2003-15. She became the Brownsburg head coach in 2015.
Smiley has been a biology teacher for 24 years, and she also previously coached cross country for 20 years (18 years as a head coach) and track & field for 16 years (10 years as a head coach).
Smiley and her husband, Brian, are parents to six children – Kiera, 17; Zoe, 16; Ava, 15; Gracie, 12; Jaxon, 10; and Maximus, 6.
Jared Rehmel, Linton-Stockton
Jared Rehmel is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after guiding Linton-Stockton to a 27-1 season that included a second consecutive Class 2A state championship. Along the way, the Miners won the Southwestern Indiana Conference, the North Knox Sectional, the Crawford County Regional and the Jasper Semi-State.
Rehmel has coached the Miners for seven seasons, compiling a 106-72 ledger during that span with two sectionals, two regionals, two semi-states and two Class 2A crowns.
The coach is a 2006 graduate of Shakamak High School, where he competed in basketball and baseball and helped the Lakers to baseball Class A state runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2006. Rehmel played basketball at Olney Central College, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Southern Indiana, collecting NJCAA honorable mention All-America honors at Olney Central.
Rehmel earned an associate’s degree from Olney Central in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in sports management from USI in 2012.
He started his coaching career as a basketball assistant at USI in 2011-12, working with the Screaming Eagles’ men’s and women’s teams in strength and conditioning.
He works as a management analyst for Amentum in Odon, Ind.
Scott Schoen, Silver Creek
Scott Schoen is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after directing Silver Creek to a 25-3 season that included the Class 3A state championship. Along the way, the Dragons also won the Mid-Southern Conference, the Madison Sectional, the Charlestown Regional and the Jeffersonville Semi-State.
In 11 seasons with the Silver Creek girls, Schoen’s teams have compiled a 155-108 record with two sectional titles, one regional crown, one semi-state trophy and this year’s 3A state championship.
Schoen is a 1993 graduate of South Central High School in Elizabeth, Ind., where his father Randall was a long-time girls’ basketball coach. Schoen competed in basketball, baseball, cross country and track all four years of high school.
After high school, he played basketball at Brescia College and Georgetown College in Kentucky. At Brescia, he scored 1,513 points in two seasons, including a school-record 876 points in 1993-94. At Georgetown, he scored 1,091 points in two seasons, was a member of the NAIA national runner-up squad in 1996 and was selected all-Mid South Conference in 1997. He then played professional basketball for one season with the Dakota Wizards, then of the International Basketball Association.
Schoen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in 2000. He later earned a master’s degree from Louisville in 2001.
Schoen began his coaching career as a boys’ basketball assistant at North Harrison from 1999-2001. He was the boys’ varsity head coach at Shoals from 2001-04, the Jug Rox going 11-53 in those three seasons. He then was a men’s basketball assistant at Georgetown College for one season and a girls’ basketball assistant for his father for three seasons at South Central (Elizabeth) before becoming the girls’ varsity coach at Silver Creek in the 2010-11 season.
Like Scott, Schoen’s siblings – Craig, Chad and Brittany – all played college basketball after high school careers at South Central (Elizabeth).
Schoen is a teacher at Silver Creek, where instructs sophomores in health and college & careers classes.
He and his wife, Stacey, are parents to two children – Trey, 17, and Emma, 12.