CLINIC SPEAKERS (Round table Speakers below Clinic Speakers)

Featured Speakers for 2020

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March 20, 2020                                                                    IBCA Director of Special Projects

Stanley, Steele and Owens to be featured at 2020 IBCA Clinic

Event to be rescheduled to dates TBA (the Clinic now will not be April 24-25, as originally scheduled)

                 Indiana Fever coach Marianne Stanley, Xavier University men’s coach Travis Steele and Miami (Ohio) men’s coach Jack Owens are the featured speakers for the 2020 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Spring Clinic.

                They are headliners on an itinerary that also includes talks from 12 current high school coaches, an “Issues and Answers” with IHSAA assistant commissioner Paul Neidig and IBCA leaders, a round-table session with three retired coaches and the annual IBCA awards program.

                The dates for the 2020 Clinic now are TBA. (It was to be April 24-25 at Lawrence North High School, but the event now is postponed to dates not yet determined.)

                Cost to attend the clinic is $50 for current-year IBCA members and $100 for non-members.

                In addition to the featured speakers, 12 high school coaches are set to lead sessions on a variety of topics such as “Skill Development for Wings and Guards,” “Dribble Drive Breakdown Drills” or “Team Defense.”

                Boys coaches scheduled to speak are Marc Davidson of Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Al Gooden of Lawrence Central, Nate Hawkins of Heritage Hills, David McCollough of Shenandoah, Marc Urban of Chesterton and Kendall Wildey of South Decatur. Girls coaches on the agenda are Brandon Appleton of Angola, Chris Giffin of Lawrence North, Jerry Hickey of Salem, Brian Smith of Loogootee, Lauren Votaw of Fishers and Adam Yoder of NorthWood. 

                In addition, a round-table of retired coaches tips off the clinic agenda. Former coaches Charles Mair, Dave Nicholson and Virgil Sweet will be 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.

                More information on the three featured speakers as well as the three round-table panelists may be found below. 

                The planned clinic agenda (other than the new dates) can be found at

Featured Speakers

Marianne Stanley, Indiana Fever

                Marianne Stanley was named the seventh coach in the history of the Indiana Fever on Nov. 26, 2019.

                Stanley has had a long career of success in women’s basketball, both as a player and as a coach, including her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

                Stanley – who turns 66 on April 29 – comes to the Fever after serving as an assistant coach to the WNBA Washington Mystics since 2010, helping direct the team to the 2019 WNBA championship. Earlier, when she was the Mystics’ head coach, she was the 2002 WNBA Coach of the Year. As a college coach, her teams won three national championships and she three times was a conference coach of the year (Sun Belt Conference in 1984 and 1985, and Pac-10 Conference in 1993).

                She also coached on multiple occasions for USA Basketball. Stanley was head coach for the USA Junior National Team that won gold at the 1985 Junior World Championship. She was an assistant coach for the USA National Team that won gold in the 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1986 World Championship. She also assisted on the USA National Team that won bronze in the 1991 Pan American Games.

                A 1972 graduate of Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill, Pa., Stanley went on to be a four-year standout player on teams at Immaculata (Pa.) College that won AIAW national titles in 1973 and 1974, was named a Kodak All-American in 1975 and 1976 and still holds the career school record with 554 assists. The ’73 and ’74 Mighty Macs were inducted as teams to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.

                After college, she became a coach, initially for one season as an assistant to Cathy Rush at Immaculata. She then became head coach at Old Dominion University, guiding the Monarchs to a 269-59 record over 10 seasons with one WNIT championship (1978), two AIAW national championships (1979 and 1980) and one NCAA championship (1985). Her ODU teams reached the postseason nine times while she was at the school in Norfolk, Va.

                She later was a college head coach at Penn (11-41 in two seasons), Southern California (71-46 in four seasons), Stanford (29-3 in one season) and California (35-75 in four seasons) before becoming an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2000 and an assistant for the Washington Mystics in 2001.

                Stanley was the Mystics’ head coach in 2002 and 2003, being named WNBA Coach of the Year in 2002 and guiding the team to the Eastern Conference finals that season. Her Mystics’ teams went 20-17 and 9-25 in the two seasons, including a 3-2 mark in 2002 playoff games.

                Stanley followed by becoming an assistant in 2004 for the New York Liberty, returned to the college game as an assistant at Rutgers in 2006-07, then had a second stint as a Los Angeles Sparks assistant in 2008 and 2009 before returning to the Mystics for a 10-season run as an assistant coach that was capped with the 2019 WNBA title.


Travis Steele, Xavier University

                Travis Steele is regarded as one of the nation’s top up-and-coming coaches at Xavier University, where he has guided the Musketeers to a 38-29 record in two seasons as head coach.

                Steele directed Xavier to a 19-13 slate with an 8-10 mark in the Big East Conference in the 2019-2020 season that was abruptly halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. That prevented any postseason contests, which appeared likely. Still, four Musketeers received league honors – Naji Marshall being voted first-team all-conference, Tyrique Jones being selected second-team all-conference and Zach Freemantle and KyKy Tandy being named to the all-freshman squad.

                Steele began his tenure in the top job with the Musketeers with a 19-16 finish in 2018-19, including a 9-9 mark in the Big East Conference and an appearance in the postseason NIT. At season’s end, he was a finalist for the Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top first-year head coach in Division I. Marshall was voted second-team all-Big East, while Paul Scruggs was chosen to the Big East all-tournament team.

                Steele, 38, was named Xavier head coach on March 31, 2018, after spending 10 seasons as an assistant coach at the school. During his time as an assistant to Sean Miller for one season and to Chris Mack for nine seasons, the Musketeers were selected for the NCAA Tourament on nine occasions, earned a program-first No. 1 seed in 2018 and reached the Sweet 16 five times.

                Prior to joining the staff at Xavier, Steele worked for the men’s basketball program at Indiana University. He joined the Hoosiers in August 2006 as the Hoosiers’ video coordinator. After working in that role for a season and a half, he was promoted to the position of assistant coach in February 2008.

                Steele is a 2000 graduate of Danville High School, where he played basketball for the Warriors for coaches Rick Snodgrass and Brian Barber. Steele went on to Butler University and began coaching as an assistant at Ben Davis High School for three seasons while an undergraduate.

                After receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Butler in 2004, Steele spent one season as a graduate manager at Ohio State. He followed by working one season as an assistant coach at Wabash Valley College in Illinois before joining the IU staff for two seasons.

                Steele and his wife, Amanda, live in Cincinnati. The couple has two sons – Winston, 7, and Anderson, born last Sept. 30.


Jack Owens, Miami (Ohio)

                Jack Owens is an Indianapolis native who has had excellent success in basketball, most recently as men’s head coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

                In three seasons, Owens, 43, has guided the RedHawks to a 44-54 record, including a 13-19 finish in the 2019-2020 season that ended with a first-round victory over Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. That followed a 16-18 season in 2017-18 and a 15-17 campaign in 2018-19.

                Several Miami players have received MAC accolades during Owens’ tenure. They include Darrian Ringo being named third-team all-league, Nike Sibande being chosen honorable mention all-conference and Sibande and Dalonte Brown being picked MAC all-freshman in 2017-18; Sibande being named third-team all-conference, Ringo being voted MAC all-defensive and Mekhi Lairy being chosen MAC all-freshman in 2018-19; and Dae Dae Grant being selected MAC all-freshman in 2019-20.     

                Owens came to Miami after working for nine seasons with Matt Painter on the men’s basketball staff at Purdue, three seasons as an assistant coach and the final six seasons as the associate head coach. During Owens’ time in West Lafayette, the Boilermakers totaled 209 victories – 23.2 per season – while earning seven NCAA Tournament selections and reaching the Sweet 16 on three occasions.

                A 1995 graduate and an Indiana All-Star player at Indianapolis Washington High School, Owens helped the Continentals to fabulous season as a senior that ended in a memorable regional contest with eventual state champion Ben Davis. He went on to play one season at Murray State, one season at Howard (Md.) Community College and two seasons at Eastern Illinois University – averaging 11.7 points and 6.5 assists as a senior while being named team MVP and honorable mention all-Ohio Valley Conference.

                Owens remained at EIU in 1999-2000 as a student assistant coach, then returned to Howard Community College in 2000-01, initially as an assistant coach and serving as the interim head coach for a portion of the season. He assisted at Barton County Community College in Kansas in 2001-02 before connecting with Painter for the next 15 seasons – at EIU in 2002-03, at Southern Illinois from 2003-08 and at Purdue from 2008-17.

                In five seasons at SIU, Owens was part of a Saluki program that earned four NCAA Tournament bids, reached the Sweet 16 once, won a Missouri Valley Conference championship and had one NIT appearance.

                Owens and his wife, Kamilah, are the parents of three daughters – Alanah, Aniyah and Anyah.


Round-Table Panelists

Charles Mair, former coach, Princeton and North Posey girls

           Charles Mair posted a 465-289 record in 36 seasons as a varsity girls’ basketball coach, including a 126-28 record in six seasons from 2011-17 at Princeton Community High School.

                It was with the Tigers that Mair guided Jackie Young, the 2016 Indiana Miss Basketball who set the state’s career scoring record with 3,268 points, later starred at Notre Dame and was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces. At Princeton, Mair’s teams had a 53-game winning streak over two seasons and won the 2015 Class 3A state championship with a 30-1 record.

                “As a coach, I was very fortunate to be able to coach somebody like Jackie,” Mair told the Evansville Courier & Press when he retired in 2017. “Jackie is just an unbelievable, down-to-earth individual. She just played the game the right way. She practiced had and what set her apart is she wanted to make her teammates better.“

                Mair previously coached at North Posey, compiling a 339-261 ledger in 30 seasons with the Vikings. During his tenure in Poseyville, he survived a brain aneurism that erupted during a game against Evansville Mater Dei on Dec. 14, 1987. He had brain surgery immediately after and does not remember the 3½ weeks that followed. Mair missed the rest of 1987-88 season, but he was back on the sideline for the 1988-89 campaign and strived to teach his players how to overcome adversity through sport.

                “Hopefully I taught them something over the years,” he told the newspaper. “But they taught me far more than I taught them.”

                Mair, 67, is a 1971 graduate of Owensville High School (now part of Gibson Southern), where he played basketball and baseball. He went on to Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he played basketball for one season, baseball for three seasons and earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies in 1975. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of Evansville in 1980.

                Mair was a boys’ basketball assistant for two seasons at New Harmony, then coached the North Posey girls for 30 seasons before stepping down in 2009. Two years later, he returned to coaching at Princeton and had the greatest on-court success of his career with the Tigers. Mair’s teams at both schools won eight sectionals, two regionals, one semi-state and the one state title. His 465 victory total stands eighth on Indiana’s girls basketball career coaching list.

                He remains a teacher at Princeton, instructing classes in economics and government, and is the self-described “mayor of Owensville.”

                Mair and his wife, Debbie, are parents of two adult children – Ashley and McKenzie.


Dave Nicholson, former coach, Noblesville, Benton Central, Darlington and New Ross boys

           Dave Nicholson was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 after he put together a 402-171 record in a 25-season coaching career at New Ross, Darlington, Benton Central and Noblesville.

                His teams averaged more than 16 victories per season, posted three undefeated varsity regular seasons, captured championships in five different conferences and won 11 sectionals. Along the way, he was named an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year in 1981, 1984 and 1986.

                In addition, Nicholson received 13 other additional Coach of the Year awards, coached an Indiana All-Star, coached NBA player and served as an assistant coach for the 1986 Indiana All-Stars. He also served on the IBCA Board of Directors in 1979-80 and as IBCA president in 1982-83.

                Nicholson is a 1959 graduate of Vallonia High School (now part of Brownstown Central), where he played varsity basketball for three seasons and was part of a 28-student senior class. He matriculated to Indiana State, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1965 and a master’s degree in 1968.

                Nicholson began his coaching career as an assistant coach for one season at Brook (now part of South Newton). He then became head coach at New Ross (now part of Southmont) for two seasons, Darlington (now part of North Montgomery) for two seasons and Benton Central for five seasons.

                At Darlington, his Indians won the school’s only sectional championship while posting a pair of undefeated regular seasons. He also “doubled up” in one of those seasons by guiding a “B” team to an unbeaten record. At Benton Central, his Bison captured the first two sectional crowns in program history.

                Nicholson’s greatest success came at Noblesville, where his teams posted a 255-114 record, went undefeated in the 1983-84 regular season and won eight sectionals in 16 years – all played at Carmel – that concluded with the 1990-91 season (1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990 and 1991). The 1981 title was the Millers’ first since 1964.

                Since retiring from coaching, Nicholson has served as an analyst for locally televised games for the past 28 seasons. He also has served on the board of directors for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for nearly 30 years and had a two-year term as the IBHOF president.

                Nicholson was inducted into the Hamilton County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, the Montgomery County Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Noblesville High School Hall of Fame in 2014.

                He and his wife, Julia, have been married for 55 years. The couple has one son, Dan, who also was a successful high school basketball coach at Lebanon, and two grandsons.


Virgil Sweet, former coach, Valparaiso boys

           Virgil Sweet has been a part of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association since the group’s inception and an award is named after him, but not everyone may recall what an outstanding coach he was. Sweet, who lives in Florida and will turn 93 on April 27, will be part of his 50th IBCA Clinic this year while serving on the panel for the IBCA Coaches’ Round Table.

                Sweet is a 1945 graduate of Covington High School, where he played basketball on a team that reached the Indianapolis Semi-State and lost 39-38 to Rushville as a senior. He initially went to Butler and played one year of football for Tony Hinkle, then transferred to Eastern Illinois and played football and baseball for the Panthers. He graduated from EIU in 1950 and later earned a master’s degree from Indiana University.

                Sweet began his basketball coaching career as an assistant coach to Don Reichert for one season at Covington. Sweet became varsity coach for three seasons at Westville (Ill.) before moving to Valparaiso as the varsity coach from 1954-74. His Vikings won 296 games over those 20 seasons, going 48-6 in sectional contests, claiming 14 sectional titles – including 11 in a row – and twice reached the final eight of the state tournament.

                In 23 seasons as a varsity coach, including the three years at Westville, Sweet’s teams won 342 games.

                Sweet’s teams at Valparaiso were noted for their excellent free-throw shooting, largely because of 20-step system that became known as the “Valparaiso Free-Throw Method.” His 1963-64 squad shot .792 for the season, then a national high school record. He coached two high school All-Americans, 54 players who played college basketball and 16 players who became coaches. Sweet was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

                After retiring as a coach, Sweet was chairman of the Valparaiso physical education department and served as the IBCA executive director from 1977 through 1984 after assisting Marion Crawley with the group for a year. He then retired from teaching and moved to Florida, where he has had a tremendously successful second career in real estate.

                “Coach Sweet is the single most influential person in the history of Viking basketball,” Skip Collins, a former player for Sweet and later the VHS coach from 1976-89, told The Times of Northwest Indiana in December 2011. “VHS basketball, mediocre at best when he arrived, has enjoyed consistent success over the succeeding (60-plus) years.”

                Sweet’s wife of 47 years, Paralee, passed away in 1999. They had two daughters, Shari and Sandy, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Sweet remains active, regularly playing tennis, and Helen Parks has been his companion for the past 11 years.