Two Shelby County basketball coaching vacancies were filled Wednesday night at the Shelby Eastern Schools board meeting.
Brownsburg boys basketball junior varsity coach Cory Kreiger was named the new varsity boys basketball coach at Morristown High School.
Ilea Shipp, the Waldron junior varsity girls basketball coach last season, has been promoted to head coach of the Mohawks basketball program.
Kreiger, a native of Wakarusa, Indiana, and a Penn High School graduate, played collegiately at Anderson University and has spent the last two years teaching at Brownsburg High School and coaching the junior varsity as part of Steve Lynch’s staff.
“I come from a family of teachers and coaches so it’s in my blood just seeing the impact they have had on the community and the athletes that they’ve been in touch with over their lives,” said Kreiger Wednesday night. “It made a lot of sense for me to go into that.”
Kreiger played for Indiana Hall of Fame basketball coach Al Rhodes while at Penn and had a successful career at Anderson University for head coach Owen Handy and former Shelbyville boys basketball coach Tom Beach, who was an assistant coach with the Ravens program.
“Tom and I have had multiple conversations. He has been a mentor for me for years now since I graduated,” said Kreiger. “He recruited me out of high school.”
Kreiger spent a year at Anderson University on the coaching staff before joining Lynch, the former Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach, at Brownsburg.
Kreiger will teach Biology and AP Computer Science at Morristown.
“The community is so supportive,” said Kreiger of what drew him to the coaching opportunity. “They have a history of good basketball and the people showing up to support that. As a head coach, that is a perfect situation to be in ... that close-knit community and being able to be a part of it, and really make a difference.”
Morristown won the Class A state championship in 2018 and averaged 20 wins per season over the next three years under head coach Scott McClelland, who is now at Noblesville.
Collin McCartt stepped into the head coaching role last season and finished 3-18 with a young group. McCartt stepped down after the season and a job search was commenced to find the program its third coach in three seasons.
“Our plan is to show up and do the work every single day,” said Kreiger. “It’s a process. It’s a marathon. It’s not a sprint. That will be our motto going forward. We will get guys in the gym and get bigger, faster and stronger.
“We will play tough and we will play together. If we stick with that, over the years we will keep making strides and continue to bring it back to a championship program that it was not so long ago.”
Ilea Shipp (photo, center) is a former Waldron basketball player and part of the coaching staff that led the Mohawks to a 24-2 record and two stints as the top-ranked team in Class A this past season.
Waldron captured sectional and regional titles with a senior-laden lineup. The season came to an end at the Jeffersonville Semistate where they were defeated by eventual state champion Tecumseh, 54-42.
“Coach Shipp has deep roots in the community, a demonstrated past commitment to the student-athletes of Waldron, and an exciting vision for the future of the program,” said Waldron athletic director Alex Engelbert in a media release.
Shipp was not in attendance Wednesday at the school board meeting.
There will be a reception for Shipp at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s athletic lobby.