IBCA OPENING COMMENTS 2021
We hope that during this Pandemic all of you and your families are healthy and safe. We are enduring a health crisis unlike any of us have known in our lifetime. We have to adjust to what is now the new normal. In all of my experiences, I have never been around a group of professionals more persistent, committed and adaptable than coaches. We will get through all of this and figure out a way to use it to make our profession, programs and teams better. After all, it is what we do. We counsel, guide, lead and mentor.
We have developed a clinic experience that is obviously much different than past years. We believe it will have great value and interest for our coaches even though it is atypical. We hope that all of our coaches can gain knowledge and insight from our Virtual Clinic. Grab a beverage, pen and notebook. Sit back in your favorite chair and enjoy our outstanding line up of basketball coaches. Hope to see all of you soon!
Marc Davidson is an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after leading Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian to a 23-3 season that included championships of the Noblesville Holiday Tournament and Manchester Sectional.
In seven seasons with the Braves, Davidson’s teams have compiled a 146-47 record, including six sectionals, two regionals, one semi-state and one state title. In 14 seasons as a boys’ varsity coach, his teams have compiled a 231-117 ledger.
Marc Urban is an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after recently completing his fourth season as the boys’ basketball coach at Chesterton, where his Trojans went 23-3 while winning the Duneland Conference championship at 7-0.
In four seasons at Chesterton, Urban’s teams have amassed a 79-23 record and won the program’s first sectional after a 31-year wait in 2019.
Al Gooden is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after leading Lawrence Central to a 22-3 season that included the championship of the Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic and a co-championship of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.
Gooden has compiled a 100-45 ledger in six seasons with the Bears, including a sectional crown in 2019. In 32 seasons as a varsity coach, he is 492-273.
David McCollough is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after leading Shenandoah to a 23-2 season that included championships of the Henry County Tournament, the Mid-Eastern Conference and the Hagerstown Sectional.
He is 111-17 in five seasons at Shenandoah, including four sectional titles and one regional crown. He has an overall record of 576-250 in 36 seasons as a varsity basketball coach.
Nate Hawkins is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after leading Heritage Hills to a 22-3 season that included championships of the Pocket Athletic Conference and the Boonville Sectional.
In eight seasons as a varsity coach, Hawkins’ teams have posted a 143-44 record with five PAC championships, four sectional titles and two regional crowns. That includes a 79-18 mark with three conference titles and one sectional trophy at Heritage Hills. He also previously led Forest Park to a 66-22 ledger with two league crowns, three sectional championships and two regional championships from 2009-13.
Kendall Wildey is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after leading South Decatur to a 24-2 season that included championships of the Edinburgh Holiday Tournament, the Mid-Hoosier Conference and the North Decatur Sectional.
Wildey is 35-39 in three seasons with the Cougars, and he has a 203-165 record in 16 seasons as a boys’ varsity coach. This season’s sectional title was the program’s first since 2008 and just its fifth overall since South Decatur opened in the 1968-69 academic year.
Brandon Appleton is an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after leading Angola to a 21-3 season that included a perfect 10-0 slate in the Northeast Corner Conference.
In six seasons with the Hornets, Appleton’s teams have compiled a 111-40 record and captured a sectional title in 2019 – just the second sectional crown in program history.
Lauren Votaw is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after leading Fishers to a 23-2 season that included championships in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference and the Westfield Sectional.
Votaw is 51-24 in three seasons as a varsity coach with her Tigers improving each season. Her squad went 13-12 in 2017-18 and followed with a 15-10 effort in 2018-19. They then produced a fabulous season in 2019-2020, dropping just one regular-season contest and falling to eventual Class 4A state runner-up Northwestern in the regional.
Jerry Hickey is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after leading Salem to a 25-4 season that included championships of the Mid-Southern Conference, Charlestown Sectional, Charlestown Regional and Jeffersonville Semi-State en route to a Class 3A state runner-up finish.
In seven seasons with the Lions, he has guided the team to a 117-62 record with two conference championships, four sectional titles, two regional crowns and one semi-state trophy. Salem also competed in the 2019 Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic. In eight seasons as a girls’ varsity coach, he is 136-67.
Brian Smith is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after leading Loogootee to a 27-2 season that included the Class A state championship. Along the way, his Lions also claimed crowns in the Blue Chip Conference, the North Daviess Sectional, the West Washington Regional and the Jasper Semi-State.
In five seasons with the Loogootee girls, Smith’s teams have compiled a 90-32 record.
The IBCA would like to thank Championship Productions for providing videos from D1 coaches in Indiana
The IBCA would like to thank Coach Josh Thompson from Barr-Reeve High School for granting us access to some great sessions he has done during this pandemic. All of his videos are listed below.
The IBCA would like to thank Feel for the Game for providing the following videos.