Former Noblesville High School basketball coach Dave McCollough has accepted a job at Shenandoah.
McCollough’s 20-year tenure at Noblesville ended when he was fired after the 2013-14 season. Dozens of players, former player and parents came to the defense of McCollough, who remained on staff as a teacher for the 2014-15 school year.
McCollough was suspended for two games during the 2013-14 season for an alleged incident when he threw a ball at practice that hit a player. The coach later sued the school and Noblesville principal Jeff Bryant in the Hamilton County Circuit Court, claiming the incident did not happen and that he’d been fired unjustly. The school said it had conducted a thorough investigation and held its ground. The case is pending.
Meanwhile, McCollough is moving on. After 31 years as a varsity coach (10 at North Judson prior to Noblesville), he said Wednesday that he’s eager to get back in the game.
“It was tough (last year),” he said. “It was absolutely tough. You never know what it’s going to be like when you stop doing something you’ve done for a long time.”
McCollough won a school-record 308 games at Noblesville, leading the Millers to three sectional titles and one regional crown. Shenandoah, a Class 2A program, was 12-11 last season and returns a solid nucleus of players, McCollough said.
“Athletically, it’s a school that has done pretty well across the board,” he said. “It’ll be exciting to try and maintain the success there and help the basketball program.”
McCollough said he plans to stick with the coaching philosophy he’s had for three decades.
“I think there’s a certain foundation of coaching that you have to be true to yourself,” he said. “I think we always did a pretty good job of tweaking things and having enough flexibility to get the most out of the players. I think that’s essential to coaching.”
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