Scott Heady was officially named the men’s basketball coach at Marian University on Thursday.
Heady, who led Carmel to Class 4A state championships in 2012 and ’13, told his current Carmel team earlier this week. Heady will coach the Greyhounds (15-4) the remainder of the season before taking over at Marian full-time.
“I have best high school job in Indiana,” Heady said. “I truly believe that. This opportunity (at Marian) is unbelievable. I’ve always felt like it would be a great job. It’s a new challenge for me, and I’m really excited about it.”
Heady, 54, is 137-34 in seven seasons at Carmel. He was an assistant at Anderson University for two years prior to arriving at Carmel, and was Warren Central’s coach for 13 years previously. Heady coached the junior varsity at Carmel under his father, Bob, from 1987-93 before his first head coaching job at Connersville, leading that program to sectional titles in 1994 and ’95.
Marian coach Carson Harris announced his resignation this past week, effective at the end of the season. Harris, a former Evansville assistant, is 13-15 this season following a 19-12 mark last year. Harris followed Todd Lickliter, who was 49-36 in three seasons. Prior to Lickliter, John Grimes won 566 games in 36 seasons at Marian.
“I am very fortunate and excited to be named head men’s basketball coach at Marian University,” Heady said in a news release from Marian. “Marian has an excellent academic reputation and athletic tradition and has everything we need to compete for national championships.”
Marian athletic director Steve Downing added: “Scott Heady’s resume speaks for itself, and we are extremely excited to have him at Marian University. Scott is well-connected in the state of Indiana and we believe he can help our men’s basketball team reach its full potential.”
Heady’s son, Luke, is a sophomore on Carmel’s team. Heady said he’s looking forward to playing the role of dad as well.
“Sometimes it can be difficult to be the coach’s son,” Heady said. “He’s handled that really well, but I think this takes some pressure off him to just go play. He’s excited about it.”
Carmel, which was coming off an ugly hazing incident during the 2009-10 season, quickly rose to power under Heady after a 10-13 record in his first season.
Carmel stunned Gary Harris-led Hamilton Southeastern in the 2012 sectional championship on its way to a state title, the program’s first since 1977. The Greyhounds followed it with a 25-2 season in 2013 and another state championship, becoming the first repeat winner in Class 4A since the Greg Oden and Mike Conley-led Lawrence North teams won three in a row from 2004-06.
Assistant Ryan Osborn is expected to be one of the top candidates to replace Heady. Osborn, a Logansport native who played at IUPUI, has coached at Carmel for the entirety of Heady’s seven-year tenure.
Heady led Carmel to four Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference titles and four sectional championships. He coached three Indiana All-Stars and two Trester Award winners.
“Scott Heady has left a legacy of achievement that will be remembered for a lifetime,” Carmel athletic director Jim Inskeep said. “The culture of hard work and team first mentality will endure into future seasons. We are going to miss him in many ways, especially the class he exudes in leading our program.”
Carmel expects to hire a new coach by mid-April.
In introductory news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the PE Center at Marian with a meet-and-greet reception to follow.
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