BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – Howard County schools hired three varsity head coaches last week in the sports of basketball and football – but it was the Western Panthers that stole the show.
Western named a pair of coaches in football and boys basketball, with the biggest shock coming on the gridiron. Western Athletic Director Josh Larsh announced that current Northwestern head coach Alex Stewart will move across the county and take the helm of the Panthers in a move that will surly spark an already fierce Hoosier Conference rivalry.
Stewart coached two seasons at Northwestern, compiling a 10-10 record. Last season, the Tigers started the campaign 5-0 before injuries slowed the teams progress. Stewart was 0-2 in sectional play with both losses coming to Class 3A powerhouse Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. He previously had coached at Richmond as the line coach. Stewart takes over for Ron Jankovich, who departed for a coaching position in Georgia.
Larsh also announced that current Greenfield-Central head coach Michael Lewis will take over the boys basketball program. During his seven-year career, Lewis has an overall record of 99-66 with one sectional championship while coaching at Delphi. He will take over for Bart Miller, who stepped down last month.
Lewis is a two-time Lafayette Journal and Courier Coach of the Year and earned the same award in Hancock County. Last season, the Cougars were 12-13 but were 20-5 in 2015-16. Lewis led Greenfield-Central to a 42-33 record in three seasons. He also spent four years at Delphi High School (47-33). Lewis will teach in the math department.
At Indiana University Kokomo, Nicole “Colie” Trawick was named the new women’s basketball coach. Trawick is currently the head coach at Massasoit Community College. She spent one season at the helm of the Warriors and finished with a record of 11-11.
The Willingboro, New Jersey, native previously ran the program at NCAA Division III College of Saint Elizabeth. She played NCAA Division I soccer at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Alex Stewart football resume
2016 Northwestern 6-4
2015 Northwestern 4-6
Michael Lewis boys basketball resume
2016-17 Greenfield-Central 12-13
2015-16 Greenfield-Central 20-5
2014-15 Greenfield-Central 10-15
2013-14 Delphi 9-12
2012-13 Delphi 19-6, sectional champ
2011-12 Delphi 14-9
2010-11 Delphi 15-6
Colie Trawick women’s basketball resume
2016-17 Head coach Massasoit Community College 11-11
2015-16 Head coach College of St. Elizabeth 10-15
2014-15 Assistant Univ of Arkansas at Monticello
2013-14 Assistant Central Methodist University
2012-13 Assistant Central Methodist University
2012-13 Assistant Rowan College at Burlington County
2011-12 Head JV Pemberton Township HS