COMPILED BY SPORTS JOURNAL STAFF
RUSSIAVILLE, Ind. - All good things must come to an end, and for the Western Panthers boys basketball team, that end has come. After a decade-and-a-half of owning the Panther Pride sidelines, boys basketball coach Andy Weaver resigned on April 23 and accepted the same position with Plainfield High School.
In 15 seasons at Western, Weaver posted a record of 207-132 (.610), produced six sectional championship teams and claimed numerous Howard County and Mid-Indiana Conference titles. His 2003-2004 squad finished 23-3 and advanced to the Class 3A Final Four and his 2010-2011 team advanced to the Class 3A Elite Eight with a 19-5 record.
Only once in the last 10 years has a Panther team failed to break .500, and four of the last seven teams had 17 wins or more. Over the course of the last 10 seasons, Western compiled a record of 166-67 (.712). Weaver was presented the Bob King Coach of the Year Award (District 2) by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association following his Final Four season.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Plainfield Athletic Director Dana Greene cited Weaver’s preparation as being second to none and a big reason why they hired the 45 year-old coach. Plainfield finished last season 1-20 and has not won a sectional since its Class 3A state championship season of 1999. The Quakers have not had a winning season since 2008-2009.
Weaver also coached three years at Pioneer and has an overall varsity coaching record of 226-176 (.562). He is married, has three children and will teach math at Plainfield.