DUNLAP – Steve Austin has announced his resignation as head boys basketball coach at Concord High School.
Austin informed members of the team on Wednesday afternoon of his decision. He will remain as a Wellness teacher at Concord High School.
Austin served as head coach at Concord for ten years, amassing a record of 125-102. He guided the Minutemen to sectional championships in 2011 and 2014 and his 2013 team went 19-1.
Austin has a career record of 447-314 in 33 years overall as a head coach. He previously coached at South Bend St. Joseph, Richmond, Northridge and Edwardsburg before coming to Concord. His 447 career wins ranks 15th among active coaches statewide. He guided St. Joe to the Final Four of the one-class state tournament in both 1989 and 1993.
Austin was a standout player on the South Bend Adams team that was state runner-up in 1973. He went on to have an outstanding collegiate career at Franklin College.
Austin had one knee replacement surgery prior to this season and plans to have another one sometime this Spring.
Concord was 7-15 this past season and lost to Elkhart Central in a first-round sectional game. The Minutemen were 28-64 over the past four seasons.
“We appreciate Steve’s years of service, not only to Concord, but to high school athletics in general,” said Concord Athletic Director Dave Preheim in a release. “In 33 years as a head coach he has touched countless lives and devoted much of himself to education-based athletics. We appreciate all he has done and wish him nothing but the best.”
A search for a new coach will begin immediately, according to Preheim.