Kolkmeier to direct juniors in Indiana All-Star series
The coaching staffs for the IndyStar.com Indiana boys’ All-Stars and the IndyStar.com Indiana boys’ Junior All-Stars have been set.
David Benter, coach at Brownstown Central, will lead the 2014 Indiana boys’ All-Stars as the seniors face Kentucky in the annual series that dates to 1940. He will be assisted by James Blackmon of Marion and Clint Swan of Crown Point.
Jamie Kolkmeier of Corydon Central is the head coach for the 2014 boys’ Junior All-Stars. He will be assisted by Chad Ballenger of Hamilton Heights and Brent Keck of Perry Meridian.
The Indiana All-Star juniors and seniors each will play four games during six dates in June.
The Junior All-Stars will face the Kentucky Junior All-Stars on June 6 at Scecina High School in Indianapolis and on June 7 at a site in Lexington, Ky.
The Indiana All-Star seniors will face the Kentucky senior All-Stars on June 13 at Transylvania University in Lexington and on June 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The Indiana juniors and seniors will play exhibitions against each other on June 9 and 11 at sites to be announced later.
Kolkmeier has been coach at Corydon Central for eight seasons, guiding the Panthers to a 118-70 mark that included a 19-4 finish in 2013-14. He previously was coach for six seasons at North Judson and has a 14-year career record of 177-140.
Kolkmeier, a 1992 graduate of Waldron, attended Franklin College, where he was a three-year member of the Grizzlies’ basketball program. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Waldron then later assisted at Kokomo before accepting the head coaching assignment at North Judson. Kolkmeier’s teams at Corydon Central have won two sectionals and a share of two MSC championships.
Benter has posted a record of 280-107 in 16 seasons at Brownstown Central. Highlights include titles in seven sectionals, two regionals and two semi-states, and the Braves were Class 2A state runners-up in 2004 and 2009. His teams also have won or shared eight Mid-Southern Conference titles.
Benter is a 1992 graduate of Brownstown Central, where he scored 837 points as a varsity basketball player. He later was a four-year letterman at Hanover College, where he was a three-time team MVP, scored 1,934 career points and was selected NCAA Division III National Player of the Year as a senior.
In 2013-14, Benter, Kolkmeier and Clarksville’s Jason Connell shared honors as Mid-Southern Conference Coach of the Year.