INDIANAPOLIS – NorthWood’s girls basketball season continues to shine with the announcement Monday from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association that Adam Yoder was named a Bob King District 1 Coach of the Year.
Yoder was among six total coaches named by the IBCA, which includes Brandon Appleton of Angola, Kathie Layden of Northwestern, Lauren Votaw of Fishers, Jerry Hickey of Salem and Brian Smith of Loogootee.
Appleton and Yoder were voted for District 1, Layden and Votaw for District 2, and Hickey and Smith for District 3.
Yoder guided NorthWood to a 28-3 campaign that included the the program’s second Class 3-A state championship. En route, the Black Swish won the Northridge Bankers’ Classic, the Northern Lakes Conference, the Lakeland Sectional, the Jimtown Regional and the LaPorte Semi-State. NorthWood won its state title over Hickey’s Salem club, 37-29, and held its seven tournament opponents to a paltry average of 33 points per game.
In six seasons as the NorthWood varsity coach, Yoder’s teams were 108-48 with two NLC championships.
Yoder, who recently announced he is stepping down as head coach of the Black Swish, previously was a NorthWood girls basketball assistant for six years. Yoder is a 1998 graduate of Bremen High School, where he competed in basketball, football and golf. He earned his bachelor’s degree from IUSB in 2003 and a master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene in 2008.
Yoder began his basketball coaching career in 1999 at Bremen as a boys assistant coach. He also has been an assistant football coach at Bremen and NorthWood as well as boys track, girls track and girls golf at NorthWood. Yoder’s golf teams at NorthWood have had extraordinary success, finishing as high as sixth in the state last season and hosted some of the top individuals in the state tournament. His golf teams haven’t lost in NLC round robin play since 2013.
These six coaches will receive plaques as an IBCA District Coach of the Year during the 2020 IBCA Clinic, which now is to be held on dates to be determined following its postponement from original April 24-25 dates because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about the IBCA Clinic, go to www.ibcacoaches.com.
The Coach of the Year award is named for the late Bob King, the IBCA executive director from 1984-94. King was a Lebanon native who coached at Sacred Heart and Shortridge high schools in Indianapolis before serving as an assistant basketball coach at Purdue and later an assistant and associate athletic director at Purdue.