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July 8, 2014

H.S. BOYS' BASKETBALL: Grantz takes over Pioneers

Providence grad hopes to continue alma mater’s success

CLARKSVILLE — Providence High School has turned to one of its own to try to continue its recent string of winning seasons by its boys’ basketball program.

On Monday night, Providence named 2007 PHS graduate Andrew Grantz as its new head boys’ basketball coach. Grantz replaces longtime Pioneers’ coach Lou Lefevre, who did not get his contract renewed by Providence after last season.

Grantz is happy to be back at his alma mater. He played one season for the Pioneers’ varsity team in the 2004-05 season for Lefevre along with playing four years on the Providence boys’ golf team.

“It’s a very surreal feeling,” said Grantz, who will not be a teacher at Providence. “It’s great to coach at a school that I feel fondly about. It’s a pretty special feeling.”

Providence athletic director Mickey Golembeski said Grantz’s enthusiasm for the game of basketball was a huge factor in him getting hired for the Pioneers’ vacant post.

“Through the interview process, he continued to impress our search committee on his passion for the game and to train these kids to play basketball,” Golembeski said. “He was over-the-top impressive. We’re all very excited about him.”

Plus Grantz being a Providence alumnus played a key role in his hiring.

“He knows what Providence is all about,” Golembeski said. “It was the right decision to make.”

It will be Grantz’s first stint as a head coach. He coached under Lefevre at Providence for three seasons. During that time, Grantz was a volunteer varsity assistant coach, an assistant freshman coach and the head boys’ coach of the Providence Junior High School squad.

In the 2011-12 season, he was an assistant for the IU Southeast men’s basketball team under Grenadiers’ head coach Wiley Brown.

In 2012-13 after getting his bachelor’s degree in sports administration at the University of Louisville, he went to Pittsburg (Kan.) State University as a graduate assistant for its men’s team. Along with his coaching duties, Grantz got a masters degree in health, human performance and recreation at the NCAA Division II college.

Grantz returned to the IU Southeast men’s hoops program last season as an assistant coach and the team’s academic supervisor. He helped Grenadiers post a 26-5 record as they returned to the NAIA Division II National Championship tournament.

Grantz inherits a Providence team that graduated five seniors from last season’s 15-7 squad. But he likes the energy from the underclassmen within the program.

“We’ll be short on experience, but they’re a close, hard-working group,” Grantz said. “It’s a young group that works hard and wants to breathe fire in the program.”

Grantz plans to implement his own offense into the Pioneers’ program. It is called the Attack and React system, which uses a lot of motion. He wants all levels of Providence’s feeder system to learn his offense.

As far as defensively, Grantz plans to play a lot of man-to-man along with putting in some full-court pressure.

Grantz has some big shoes to fill with Lefevre’s departure. Lefevre posted a 175-52 record in his 10 seasons at Providence, which included three sectional titles and two regional championships.

Lefevre had a winning record each season he coached at PHS. Also in each campaign, Providence did not suffer 10 or more losses. Lefevre is expected to be officially approved as the new Tipton head boys’ coach at today’s Tipton Community School Corporation school board meeting.

Even though he admires Lefevre’s accomplishments at Providence, Grantz said it is time for his program to move forward.

“He did a very good job of winning basketball games,” Grantz said about his former coach. “But what I want to bring in is a new generation of Providence basketball. We’re looking for new successes.”

Golembeski said 20 coaches applied for the Providence job. The search committee interviewed six candidates.

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