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COACHING CHANGES: Kolkmeier, after 13 seasons, out at Corydon Central

COACHING CHANGES: Kolkmeier, after 13 seasons, out at Corydon Central
COACHING CHANGES: Kolkmeier, after 13 seasons, out at Corydon Central
After 13 seasons, Jamie Kolkmeier was informed he wouldn't be retained at Corydon Central to coach boys' basketball. File photo
Brian Smith, Sports Editor

Last Tuesday’s South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees meeting saw the board approve permission to post the varsity boys’ basketball coaching position for next season.

Although Jamie Kolkmeier’s name was not listed on the agenda, he was informed prior to the meeting that he would not be retained after 13 seasons in the boys’ basketball coaching box.

‘I’m frustrated that, after 13 years, the decision didn’t go to a single vote on the board,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘It was silently done. I’m angry because I still feel I could do some good things here.’

Asked after the meeting, Supt. Dr. Mark Eastridge confirmed the action and said, ‘Going another direction.’

Coming off a 12-14 season, the Panthers were plus-seven in wins from the previous campaign. Corydon Central won two games in the sectional ” defeating rival North Harrison (70-56) and avenging a regular-season loss to Salem (65-48) ” before falling to eventual 3A state champion Silver Creek (82-51).

The Panthers had several tight games, going 2-1 in overtime contests and losing four games by one point.

Kolkmeier said a big point told to him was the administration wanted the culture within the program to change and it couldn’t be done with him in charge.

‘My plan was to be here,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘It’s obvious the administration felt they could do better … I’m still really disappointed the way I found out (about not being retained).’

Arriving for the 2006-07 season, Kolkmeier compiled a 162-149 record, moving his career win total to 221 (he previously coached at North Judson).

While in the Panthers’ black and gold, Kolkmeier coached back-to-back sectional championships in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Before falling to eventual 3A state champ Washington in the 2011 regional championship, the Panthers won a thrilling overtime game against Sullivan in the semi-final.

Along the way, under the direction of Kolkmeier, the Panthers also won two Mid-Southern Conference titles (2010-11 and 2013-14).

Kolkmeier, who remains a math teacher at Corydon Central High School, also coached the Junior Indiana All-stars during the summer of 2014.

‘I’m disappointed and frustrated of the decision to make a change,’ he said. ‘I appreciate the chance and opportunity to coach here. We’ve had our share of good players and good coaches along the way.’

Also at the board meeting, the resignation of freshmen boys’ basketball coach William Royalty was accepted. The boys’ basketball junior varsity coaching position was not among the items listed for permission to post. The spot is held by Joseph Hinton.

‘I will miss building some of the great relationships with players and families at Corydon Central,’ Kolkmeier said. ‘I was lucky enough to be here long enough to have a great support system. My family had become totally integrated into the Panther basketball program, and this will be a dramatic change for them and myself. Every day our goal has to been to help the players become successful student-athletes who are prepared to tackle the challenges of life and leadership in any way that we can. I hope that I have at least been a positive role model in this area.’

Information for this article was also contributed by Staff Writer Ross Schulz.

Jones resigns hoops position at North

After putting together a 58-61 record through five seasons at North Harrison, Kevin Jones has resigned the boys’ basketball position at his alma mater.

Approved at Thursday’s North Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees meeting, Jones had support from the community (detailed on page A1).

Taking over for the 2014-15 season, Jones coached the Cougars to a 7-16 record in that first year. Since then, the Cougars had a stretch of 10-plus wins for four straight seasons, the most since a string of five straight from 1999-2000 to 2003-04.

Putting together a 13-10 record in 2015-16, Jones oversaw the Cougars improve to 17-9 in 2017-18. It was the most wins for the program since the 2003-04 season. The season featured North Harrison reaching the Class 3A Sectional title game after defeating Brownstown Central for the second time during the season.

Jones succeeded Greg Walters, who coached the program for five seasons.