BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – The Kokomo High School girls basketball program is shopping for a new coach for the third time in four seasons. On June 12, Jeremy Dexter was hired as the new athletic director at Western Boone High School near Thorntown.
Dexter took over as varsity head coach of the Lady Wildkats at the start of the 2015-2016 season, and in two campaigns, had a record of 29-17. Last season, Kokomo was 15-8 and placed fifth (6-3) in the North Central Conference; he led the Lady Kats to the West Division title (4-0) in his first season. Dexter was 0-2 in sectional competition, losing both years to Zionsville.
Kokomo Athletic Director Jason Snyder said the outgoing coach leaves the Lady Wildkats on good terms.
“Coach Dexter came in and had a successful couple of seasons here,” said Snyder. “He worked with our kids at all levels. I wish him the best.”
Dexter took over the program after Heather Mygrant (13-10) stepped down after one season due to a family illness. Previously, Snyder (101-68) led the Lady Kats for eight years. The once dominate program is 2-9 since last winning a sectional in 2008.
Dexter coached the Eastern Lady Comets from 2008-2013, leading the squad to a Class 2A state runners-up finish in 2013. His overall coaching record is 104-52. Prior to arriving at Kokomo, he spent two years as the athletic director at Churubusco High School.
At the time of his hiring, Dexter said in a statement: “Kokomo is an unparalleled job in the state of Indiana.” In 42 years of basketball, the Lady Kats are 649-279 (.699) with three IHSAA state championships.
Kokomo Athletic Director Jason Snyder said the girls program will continue its summer workout regimen even without a head coach; he also targeted a hire date for a new coach.
“We already have summer plans set for the team, so we will continue to have workouts,” said Snyder. “We are looking at having someone in place for the July 17 school board meeting. We look forward to a smooth transition and having a great season next year.”