Barak Coolman, Valparaiso
Barak CoolmanBarak Coolman is an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after guiding Valparaiso to a 21-4 season that included a co-championship of the Duneland Athletic Conference.
In two seasons with the Vikings, Coolman has compiled a 41-11 record. In nine seasons as a head coach, including seven seasons at Fort Wayne Northrop, he has a 143-73 mark.
Coolman is a 1996 graduate of Leo High School, where he was a three-year varsity player and two-time all-conference selection who helped the Lions to a 52-15 mark and one sectional crown during that span. He went on to play four seasons at Bethel College under coach Mike Lightfoot, helping the Pilots to NAIA Division II national titles in 1997 and 1998, an NAIA national runner-up finish in 1999 and the National Christian College Athletic Association crown in 2000.
Coolman stayed at Bethel for four more seasons as an assistant coach, then followed as an assistant coach for three seasons at Homestead and before moving to Northrop for one season as an assistant coach. He then was named the Northrop head coach and followed with a seven-season record of 102-62 that included sectional titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
He was named Summit Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and mentored 2013 Indiana All-Star Bryson Scott while with the Bruins. He has been named an assistant coach for the 2017 Indiana Junior All-Stars.
Coolman is the Dean of Students at Valparaiso after teaching physical education and special education at Northrop.
Coolman and his wife, Valerie, have been married for 18 years. The couple has two children – Kyla, a fourth grader, and Caleb, a first grader.
Clint Swan, Crown Point
Clint SwanClint Swan is a District 1 Coach of the Year after directing Crown Point to a 22-4 season and a co-championship of the Duneland Conference.
Swan has compiled a 158-98 record in 11 years with the Bulldogs, including sectional crowns in 2008, 2015 and 2016. He has a career mark of 296-170 in 20 seasons as a head coach with previous stops at Andrean (1997-2001) and Frankfort (2001-06). His Andrean teams won three sectionals, three regionals and one semistate, finishing as Class 3A state runner-up in 2000.
Swan is a 1991 graduate of Rensselaer Central High School and a 1995 graduate of Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer.
He began his coaching career by serving as the JV coach at North Newton, Tri-County and Andrean before being named head coach at Andrean. He guided the Niners to an 83-16 record, then followed with a 55-56 mark at Frankfort before moving to Crown Point.
Swan previously was named an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year in 2000. He also was chosen Coach of the Year by the Gary Post-Tribune in 1998 and 2000 as well as Coach of the Year by The Times of Northwest Indiana in 1999, 2000 and 2015.
He served as head coach of the 2000 Indiana Junior All-Stars and was an assistant coach for the 2014 Indiana All-Stars. He has guided two Indiana All-Star players (Shane Power, 2000, Andrean; Grant Gelon, 2016, Crown Point) and nine players who have played for NCAA Division I college programs. Also, seven of his former assistant coaches have gone on to become head coaches.
Swan, who was inducted into the Rensselaer Central High School Hall of Fame in 2013, teaches language arts at Crown Point.
He and his wife, Kim, have one child, Elliot, 11.
Criss Beyers, Warren Central
Criss BeyersCriss Beyers is an IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after leading Warren Central to a 21-3 record that included the championship of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference. He has a 31-15 record in two seasons with the Warriors and a 44-25 mark in three years as a boys’ basketball head coach.
Beyers served 27 seasons as a boys’ basketball assistant over four stints – 1979-80, 1982-95, 2001-12 and 2013-15. In between, he was a men’s basketball graduate assistant for one season at Indiana University (1981-82), the girls’ varsity coach for five seasons at Bloomington South (1995-2000) and the boys’ varsity head coach for one season at Martinsville (2012-13).
His teams have won two sectional championships – one with the Bloomington South girls (1996) and one with the Martinsville boys (2013).
Beyers is a 1975 graduate of Bloomington High School North. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Indiana University in 1982 and a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan in 1994.
Overall, Beyers has been in coaching for 36 of the past 37 years. He was voted the 2017 Marion County Coach of the Year.
Beyers and his wife, Debbie, have two children – daughter, Dara, and son, Crisstopher, both attending graduate school.
Kevin Renbarger, Oak Hill
Kevin RenbargerKevin Renbarger is a District 2 Coach of the Year after guiding Oak Hill to a 20-4 season that included a Central Indiana Conference title. Renbarger is 174-96 in 12 seasons with the Golden Eagles, including sectional crowns in 2015 and 2016.
During his tenure, Renbarger’s teams at Oak Hill have captured seven CIC titles and six Grant County Tournament championships. He three times has been chosen Coach of the Year by the Marion Chronicle-Tribune and four times has been selected Coach of the Year by the Grant County Sports Hotline.
Renbarger has been named an assistant coach for the 2017 Indiana Junior All-Stars.
The coach is a 1990 graduate of Oak Hill, where he played two seasons of varsity basketball. He then when to Ball State, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1995.
Renbarger began his coaching career as a girls basketball assistant for Mike McCroskey at Kokomo in 1994-95. He then returned to Oak Hill, serving in a variety of roles in the boys basketball program from 1995-2005 before being named the Golden Eagles’ head coach for 2005-06 season.
Renbarger, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Oak Hill Junior High, has been married to his wife, Shelly, for 23 years. The couple has two children – Braden, 19, and Ashlyn, 16.
Kerry Brown, Connersville
Kerry BrownKerry Brown is an IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after directing Connersville to a 27-2 record that included an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference championship and a sectional crown.
The Spartans have gone 123-76 over the past eight seasons, and he has a 205-174 mark in 16 seasons as a head coach with previous stops at Rushville and South Dearborn.
Brown is a 1981 graduate of Winamac High School, where he played basketball and football. He attended Manchester University for one year, then transferred to Ball State and graduated in 1985.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Rushville, serving in various roles from 1985-2000 for the Lions. He was the Rushville head coach from 2000-06, compiling a 68-70 record with sectional crowns in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Brown followed by posting a 14-28 record in two seasons as coach at South Dearborn, then took over at Connersville for the 2009-10 season. His Spartans have posted five winnings seasons and won sectional titles in 2016 and 2017.
Brown was named Hoosier Heritage Conference Coach of the Year in 2001, Olympic Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 and EIAC Coach of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He also was voted the 2017 HBCA District 3 Coach of the Year and has been selected an assistant coach for the 2017 Indiana All-Stars.
Brown teaches U.S. history at Connersville.
He and his wife, Karen, have two children – Kim and Matt.
Todd Sturgeon, Floyd Central
Todd SturgeonTodd Sturgeon is a District 3 Coach of the Year after guiding Floyd Central to a 19-5 season that included runner-up finishes in the Hoosier Hills Conference and Seymour Sectional. This year’s team set a school record by allowing just 46.8 points per game and its 19 victories were the most for the Highlanders since 1989.
In three seasons at Floyd Central, Sturgeon has compiled a 46-23 record.
Sturgeon is a 1983 graduate of Brownstown Central High School, where he was a two-time all-Mid-Southern Conference selection while playing for coach Stan Weber. He then went to DePauw University, playing four seasons and helping the Tigers qualify for three NCAA Division III tournaments and hold a then-D III-record 61 game home-court winning streak.
He graduated from DePauw in 1988 and stayed in Greencastle under Royce Waltman as an assistant coach for four seasons, qualifying for three D III tournaments and finishing as the 1990 national runner-up. Sturgeon moved with Waltman to assist at the University of Indianapolis for the next five seasons, helping the Greyhounds earn two NCAA Division II Tournament berths.
Sturgeon succeeded Waltman as the Greyhounds’ head coach, compiling a 151-126 mark in 10 seasons that posted a 151-126 record, four times reaching the Top 25 in Division II, three NCAA Division II tournaments and guiding the Division II National Player of the Year in David Logan of North Central.
Sturgeon took a seven-year sabbatical from full-time coaching, working for AFLAC and Home Care Assistance while coaching sons Connor and Cameron in youth basketball, baseball and football.
He returned to the sidelines at Floyd Central and boasts a coaching tree with former assistants now working as an NBA assistant coach, two men’s college head coaches, one women’s college head coach and five Indiana high school boys varsity head coaches.
Sturgeon and his wife, Lisa, have been married 21 years. Connor, 19, is now a freshman at the University of Alabaman, and Cameron, 16, is a sophomore in the Floyd Central basketball program.