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Thursday, May 1, 2008

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Two positions in the Northview High School Athletic department were filled Thursday night at a special Board of Trustees meeting.

Ernie Maesch and LuAnne Anderson were hired as varsity boys and girls basketball coaches, respectively, as well as for physical education positions within the corporation.

The teaching positions being filled by Maesch and Anderson are yet to be determined, but one will most likely replace Anita Miller at North Clay Middle School. Personnel director Carolyn Kumpf said placement would be determined by seniority.

Maesch joins Northview from Shakamak High School, but he is no stranger to the Knights.

Maesch played for, graduated from and coached at Northview. Since joining the Lakers in the 2002-03 school year, he has led them to a 78-43 record.

Shakamak has not had a losing season under Maesch, and advanced to the Class1A semistate in the 2005-06 season.

This past season, the Lakers were 19-6 and won their sectional before falling to Indianapolis Lutheran in the first round of regionals.

LuAnne Anderson is also familiar with Northview. She spent this past season as an assistant to Chad Smith on the Knights' bench and coached JV volleyball.

Previously, Anderson coached Clay City's girls' team, including a 9-13 overall record in 2006-07.

The Eels won their first sectional game that year, but fell to North Central (Farmersburg) in the second round.

Anderson also was an assistant coach for the Clay City volleyball team in 2006.

Neither coach was present at the meeting.

The board approved both hires unanimously. Len Fischer and Ted Jackson were not present.

The next regular school board meeting will be May 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Media Center of North Clay Middle School.


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A couple of comments, neither of which is meant to negatively reflect on Coach Maesch.

1-Even though Coach Maesch was not at the meeting (which is common practice), the Terre Haute newspaper was still able to report this story with comments from Coach Maesch. Why was our local paper unable to achieve this level of reporting?

2-I really wonder how our school board operates behind closed doors. In this case, there were two school board members on the committee that weeded through the more than 20 applicants, held interviews with the "selected" ones, and second interviews with the finalist. The whole time these two school board members had already chosen the person they were supporting before this process even began, and nothing was going to change their minds. So why waste everyone else's time, and just offer the guy you wanted the contract anyway?

And if it was common knowledge to the rest of the board how these two felt, (if I knew it, then they must have known), then why were they the ones selected to serve on this sham of a search committee?

A diligent and non-prejudicial search committee may have well have ended up with the same candidate, but the process would have at least been a legitimate one. It's circumstances exactly like this one, that I do not trust our present school board; the two close-minded ones, and the others who knowingly put them in that position.

Welcome to Northview Coach Maesch, I'm always happy when someone gets the job they have always coveted. I'm sure you'll do your best. Again, my comments are not in anyway meant to take away from you or your qualifications.

Go Knights!

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 7:32 AM

I believe this is the best decision that has been made since Coach Crooks left the team. I had the pleasure of having Coach Maesch mentor me while playing for the Knights. His dedication to success speaks for itself. If there is anyone that can fill Coach Crooks' shoes, it would be Coach Maesch.

The whole thing about knowing who they are going to pick before the process starts, Its called Equal Employment Opportunity. They have to review all applicants reguardless. Maybe they might find something about a coach they didnt know before.

Good luck to Coach Maesch and the Knights in the up-coming years.

Jeromy White

-- Posted by knight55 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 10:19 AM

Welcome back Ernie! It is good to have you here!!!!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 12:38 PM

Ernie had the best credentials of anyone interviewed and will do a great job. The hiring practices could be questioned but it is not his fault. He will be a young energetic coach who will get the most out of his players. He will keep the good things going that Coach Lancaster has done the last 5 or 6 years. As for the comments earlier about Coach Crooks, I will only say that there was a vast difference in the way he and Coach Lancaster coached and I would take the latters style over Coach Crook's style anytime. Ernie's team will be more hard nosed and competitive like Lancaster's and for that I am happy. I think that anything he learned from Coach Crooks has quickly been forgotten. Ask the players and the coaches who played and worked for both coaches and see what they say.

-- Posted by rdevil8 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 1:55 PM

Ernie had the best credentials of anyone interviewed and will do a great job. The hiring practices could be questioned but it is not his fault. He will be a young energetic coach who will get the most out of his players. He will keep the good things going that Coach Lancaster has done the last 5 or 6 years. As for the comments earlier about Coach Crooks, I will only say that there was a vast difference in the way he and Coach Lancaster coached and I would take the latters style over Coach Crook's style anytime. Ernie's team will be more hard nosed and competitive like Lancaster's and for that I am happy. I think that anything he learned from Coach Crooks has quickly been forgotten. Ask the players and the coaches who played and worked for both coaches and see what they say.

-- Posted by rdevil8 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 1:55 PM

Ernie had the best credentials of anyone interviewed and will do a great job. The hiring practices could be questioned but it is not his fault. He will be a young energetic coach who will get the most out of his players. He will keep the good things going that Coach Lancaster has done the last 5 or 6 years. As for the comments earlier about Coach Crooks, I will only say that there was a vast difference in the way he and Coach Lancaster coached and I would take the latters style over Coach Crook's style anytime. Ernie's team will be more hard nosed and competitive like Lancaster's and for that I am happy. I think that anything he learned from Coach Crooks has quickly been forgotten. Ask the players and the coaches who played and worked for both coaches and see what they say.

-- Posted by rdevil8 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 1:55 PM

Ernie had the best credentials of anyone interviewed and will do a great job. The hiring practices could be questioned but it is not his fault. He will be a young energetic coach who will get the most out of his players. He will keep the good things going that Coach Lancaster has done the last 5 or 6 years. As for the comments earlier about Coach Crooks, I will only say that there was a vast difference in the way he and Coach Lancaster coached and I would take the latters style over Coach Crook's style anytime. Ernie's team will be more hard nosed and competitive like Lancaster's and for that I am happy. I think that anything he learned from Coach Crooks has quickly been forgotten. Ask the players and the coaches who played and worked for both coaches and see what they say.

-- Posted by rdevil8 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 2:02 PM

-- Posted by rdevil8 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 2:03 PM

rdevil8....I understand your posts. You're not a Coach Crooks fan, but you really like Ernie! I don't think Jeromy was attempting to bash Lancaster though. I have a feeling he simply wanted to state that he played for both and liked them. You'll find fans of Crooks/Lancaster/Maesch as well as enemies of all three all throughout the county. It usually boils down to playing time, etc. and how the parents of the players felt about their child's success or lack thereof. Coaching is a no-win position. There is no way a coach is going to make all the people happy. I know all three of these gentlemen and wish them all well.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 10:33 PM

Bigpappy speaks wisdom and truth. Welcome home Ernie.

-- Posted by Gunslinger on Sat, May 3, 2008, at 10:37 PM


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