Willie Feldhaus said it will take years before he becomes completely comfortable in his new Seventh Region home, but he’s made a big splash during his first few months.
Feldhaus has led the Male High School boys basketball team to a 25-4 record entering Thursday’s 26th District Tournament final at St. Xavier and a No. 12 state ranking in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings.
As a result, Feldhaus was a runaway winner in balloting for Seventh Region Coach of the Year honors, receiving 11 votes. Trinity’s Mike Szabo was the runner-up with three votes.
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“At the end of the summer I thought we’d be pretty decent, but I don’t know if I thought we’d be at the level we are right now,” Feldhaus said. “I think it’s a tribute to having a lot of kids who can play and being a lot deeper than any team I’ve ever coached.”
North Bullitt’s Korey Craddock was named Sixth Region Coach of the Year in a tight vote. Craddock received five votes, and Valley’s Joe Harris was the runner-up with four.
Feldhaus was named Male’s coach last May, replacing Larry Miller. Feldhaus, a Mason County High School product, previously had coached at Pendleton County, Madison Central and Russell County and expressed concern about entering a Louisville region with which he wasn’t completely familiar.
“It’s still a learning process … as far as who you’re comfortable with and learning everybody’s systems and personnel,” Feldhaus said. “I’m a lot more comfortable than I was, but it will take multiple years before I’m completely familiar with everything.”
Male has been a major player all season, reaching the semifinals of the Louisville Invitational Tournament and posting an 11-2 record against Seventh Region competition. The Bulldogs had a 10-game winning streak snapped in an 89-80 loss at Manual last Friday in their regular-season finale.
“I’m very satisfied with where we are right now,” Feldhaus said.
Craddock has led North Bullitt to a 22-6 record entering Friday’s 23rd District title game at Moore. The 22 wins tied a single-season school record, set during the 2013-14 season.
“I’d probably be lying if I said I thought we’d be sitting 22-6 at this point of the season,” said Craddock, who is in his second season at North Bullitt. “The kids have gone above and beyond what we thought they were capable of. They’ve won a lot of games a lot of people probably didn’t think they were capable of winning.”
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