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

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