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August 7, 2013

H.S. GIRLS' BASKETBALL: It is Warren’s time at Jeff

Former NA boys’ assistant approved as new Red Devil girls’ coach on Tuesday

JEFFERSONVILLE — Longtime New Albany assistant boys’ basketball coach Mike Warren has been waiting for the right time to become a head varsity coach of his own program.

That time is now.

On Tuesday night, the Greater Clark County Schools Corporation approved Warren as the new girls’ basketball coach at Jeffersonville. Warren, who has been a Bulldog assistant the past nine years, replaces Matt Pait. Pait was recently named Jeff’s new boys’ basketball coach.

Warren says one of the reasons he decided to pursue the Red Devil girls’ coaching job is the successful tradition of the program.

Despite back-to-back losing seasons the past two years, Jeff had plenty of success from 2000-2011 under former coach Chad Gilbert. The Red Devils were 220-43 during that span as they won seven Hoosier Hills Conference championships, six sectional titles, a regional crown and a semistate title.

The biggest achievement for the program came in 2011 when Jeff captured the Class 4A state championship.

Warren says the Jeff girls’ program has the talent to claim those types of accomplishments again.

“It’s not a rebuild — it’s a reload,” Warren said about the team he inherits. “The expectations are that I’m going to go over there and win right away. Obviously, the cupboard is not bare. There is some talent there.

“Everybody doesn’t get this lucky. I think I’ve paid my dues.”

The Red Devils posted a 7-14 record last season, but they return several key players from last year’s team, including leading scorer Haley Vogen and guard Aurreeshae Hines.

“We have a lot of returning letterwinners,” Warren said. “We have two good seniors in Haley Vogen and Shae Hines. We have a good junior class. We have a nice mix.”

Warren’s basketball life has revolved around the New Albany boys’ program. The 1998 New Albany graduate was a guard for four seasons in the program from 1994-98. Warren played two years on the varsity team from 1996-98, helping the Bulldogs win sectional and regional titles in 1997.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in English and language arts in 2003 from Indiana University Southeast, Warren returned to New Albany to become an English teacher and assistant boys’ basketball coach in 2004.

He was the freshman boys’ coach from 2004-09 and the junior varsity coach from 2009-13.

During his nine seasons at New Albany, Warren helped lead the Bulldogs to a 164-46 record, which was the sixth-best mark in the state during that period.

Warren aided New Albany to five HHC championships, four Class 4A sectional titles, one regional crown and an appearance in the Class 4A Final Four in 2008. He was on the Bulldogs’ coaching staff when they recorded back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

During his New Albany tenure, Warren helped develop current NCAA Division I players Donnie Hale (Purdue), TeNale Roland (Utah State) and Chris Whitehead (Fordham) and former NCAA Division II Player of the Year and Bellarmine University standout Braydon Hobbs.

Warren says it was a difficult decision to leave his alma mater. He says the opportunity to coach the girls’ program at one of New Albany’s rivals was too good to pass up.

“It’s obviously tough leaving somewhere where you’ve been at for so long. But this is just an unbelievable opportunity,” Warren said. “I love New Albany. But I’m not going to let my allegiance to New Albany get in the way of a great opportunity. You have all the Jeff-New Albany rivalry stuff, but I’m not worried about that.”

Throughout his New Albany coaching tenure, Warren worked under veteran Bulldogs’ coach Jim Shannon. Warren is grateful for all the things Shannon taught him.

“He prepared me to be a head coach,” Warren said. “One of the main things he taught me is how to develop your feeder program. I plan to do the same thing at Jeff. You’ll see me down in the middle schools and the elementary schools. Another thing he taught me was the way you handle yourself in the public eye.”

Jeff athletic director Todd Satterly, who taught alongside Warren at New Albany for nine years, says Warren’s experience under Shannon was a major reason he got the Jeff girls’ job.

“When you look at the nine years under a successful coach in Jim Shannon, he was a nice fit for Jeff,” said Satterly, who was an assistant for Shannon at New Albany before Warren joined the Bulldog staff.

Warren doesn’t plan to create an exact replica of the New Albany boys’ program within the Jeff girls’ program.

“Obviously, I worked under Jim Shannon for nine years and I’m going to take some things from there to Jeff,” Warren said. “But I have some of my own ideas that I want to do. We have the talent here and we should win.”

Satterly says Warren brings a lot of sound qualities to the table at Jeff. Warren is the fourth Jeff girls’ coach since 2010.

“One of the things we hope he brings is stability at Jeff. We think Mike brings that,” Satterly said. “He’s smart about the game. He can make adjustments on the fly and relate to the kids.”

Warren says he plans to teach at New Albany until his replacement is hired, and then he will move over to Jeff. He expects that to happen soon.

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