Jeff Mendenhall certainly appreciated the support he received during his Lincoln coaching tenure — from both the community and the administration.
Rob Bills has appreciated Mendenhall, too, both for what he brought to Lincoln in the classroom and on the baseball diamond.
After two seasons, Mendenhall is leaving his post as head coach for Golden Eagles baseball. He has a new teaching position at Riverside Intermediate in the Hamilton Southeastern school district in Fishers.
“He is an extremely talented teacher,” said Bills, Lincoln’s athletic director.
“He’ll be missed. I would have loved to see him here for 20 years, but he had an opportunity that provides him some more long-term stability in his teaching position. We wish him the best.”
Mendenhall took over for Brandon Pennington the season after Lincoln ascended to the No. 1 position in the Class 2A poll and won an outright Tri-Eastern Conference championship.
Bills said it was a smooth transition from Pennington to Mendenhall. Mendenhall was an assistant that 2010 season.
Mendenhall is a 2005 graduate of Centerville.
“It was a great two years for me,” Mendenhall said. “I’ll miss it.”
Mendenhall has not ruled out a return to coaching. He guided the Golden Eagles to the Class 2A sectional final at Centerville this past spring.
“With our athletic department in Rob Bills and principal Mike Cerqua, I couldn’t have asked for two better people to work for,” Mendenhall said. “Right now, I was kind of facing a career opportunity and just an opportunity to advance in my career.”
Added Bills: “I know he loves baseball and I know the new school he’s going to, they’re going to want to get him on their staff.”