WARSAW – Doug Ogle’s “game face” is one of the best in the coaching business.
But anyone who truly knows the Warsaw boys basketball coach realizes just how much true character and real emotion lies beyond that focused approach.
Ogle admitted that it was tough to contain his emotions Saturday night too.
Ogle was honored with a short ceremony prior to the Tigers’ 60-40 win over Hamilton Southeastern in the Tiger Den. The highly-successful Warsaw coach was presented with a plaque by WCHS Athletic Director Dave Anson in honor of his 200th coaching win. Ogle collected his 200th win back on Dec. 18 in a 79-34 home win over county rival and Northern Lakes Conference foe Wawasee.
Ogle was surprised to see some 30 persons on the Tiger Den hardwood to salute him when he came out of the locker room prior to the start of Saturday night’s game. The contingent included former Warsaw players, managers and coaches.
“Mr. Anson had told me earlier in the week that there would be a short presentation before the game,” said Ogle. “Then I come out there and there’s like this group of like 30 men of all ages out there on the court.
“It was very emotional and very touching. It was a very nice thing that Mr. Anson did. It was really nice and I greatly appreciate all of the people who came out for it.”
Ogle has guided the Tigers to a 20-0 mark this season. Warsaw is the lone undefeated team left in the state and are ranked No. 4 in Class 4-A. The Tigers won their second straight NLC title on Friday night with a home win over Plymouth to become the first team in league history to post two consecutive 7-0 marks in NLC play.
Ogle, a 1985 Purdue graduate, is now 213-99 in his 14th season in charge of the Warsaw program. He has won five NLC titles and four sectional championships and guided the Tigers to a Class 4-A state runner-up finish in 2010. Ogle was an amazing 270-30 in his 15 seasons as the Warsaw junior varsity coach before taking over for Al Rhodes.