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Clarksville standout Andrew Jones selects college

August 8, 2013

Clarksville's Andrew JonesClarksville senior Andrew Jones knew after one campus visit that Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind., was the right fit.

“I’ve been thinking about (the school) ever since I took my first visit up there,” said Jones, who gave a verbal pledge Thursday afternoon to Holy Cross, a NAIA Division II program that competes in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. “It’s a smaller college and you get a lot more attention in the classroom. That stuff was attractive to me.

Jones received interest from an array of area small-colleges, and had recently been contacted by NCAA Division II powerhouse Bellarmine.

“I wanted to get far enough away but not too far so parents and family could be there to support me,” Jones said.

Jones, a 6-foot-2 guard for the Generals, expects to “mainly be a playmaker” at Holy Cross, he said.

“It’s a big relief to have (the recruiting process) over. We want to win another sectional and (advance) as far as we can in the tournament this year.”


About: Holy Cross College is a Catholic, co-ed, residential college offering Bachelor or Arts degrees.

Location: A 150-acre wooded campus in Notre Dame, Ind., which is situated just north South Bend. Notre Dame is the home to three colleges: Notre Dame, St. Mary’s and Holy Cross.

Mascot: Saints.

Undergraduate enrollment: 450-500.

Athletics affiliation: NAIA Division II.

Conference: Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

2012-13 record: 14-18 overall; 9-15 in conference play.

Head coach: Mike McBride, who is entering his first season at the school. McBride, a former associate head coach at IU Southeast from 2004-2007,  comes to Holy Cross after five seasons as associate head coach as Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn.

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AUDIO: New Jeffersonville girls’ coach Michael Warren

August 7, 2013

Matt Denison recorded an interview Tuesday evening with Michael Warren, the new girls’ basketball coach at Jeffersonville, for 1450 The Sports Buzz WXVW. Warren talks about the opportunity to lead a high school program for the first time, switching from boys’ basketball to girls and more.

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The Michael Warren file

August 7, 2013

Jeffersonville boys' basketball coach Matt PaitMichael Warren, an assistant coach for nine seasons under Jim Shannon at New Albany, was approved Tuesday night as Jeffersonville’s new girls’ basketball coach.

Warren, who is the Lady Red Devils’ fourth coach in as many season, replaces Matt Pait, the school’s new boys’ hoops coach.

Here’s the details on Warren and his basketball involvements:

  • Served as New Albany junior varsity boys’ coach from 2009 to 2013.
  • Served as New Albany freshmen boys’ coach from 2004-2009.
  • While at New Albany, the school’s varsity team tallied an overall record of 164-46, captured four sectional championships and one regional title and won the Hoosier Hills Conference three times.
  • Volunteer and assistant coach for A Night of Hoops and Hope for Southern Indiana, a fundraiser for Henryville and other communities affected by March 2, 2012, tornadoes.

Warren graduated in 2003 from IU Southeast.

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Hoosier Hills Conference Weekly podcast to launch Aug. 18

August 3, 2013

Hoosier Hills Hoops, in partnership with Justin Sokeland of TheHHCSports.com, will launch a weekly podcast, the Hoosier Hills Conference Weekly, starting on Sunday, Aug. 18.

The podcast will feature highlights and outstanding performances from Hoosier Hills Conference football games the previous week, comments from conference coaches and a look ahead at upcoming games. It will focus on football (in the fall) and basketball (in the winter) but will also include information about other sports.

A link to the podcast will be available Sunday evenings here at Hoosier Hills Hoops.

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AUDIO: Matt Pait on accepting boys’ position at Jeff

July 25, 2013

New Jeffersonville boys’ basketball coach Matt Pait spoke with Matt Denison on 1450 The Sports Buzz (WXVW-AM) on Thursday morning.

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Pait named new boys’ coach at Jeffersonville

July 23, 2013

Jeffersonville boys' basketball coach Matt PaitAfter one year as girls’ coach at Jeffersonville, Matt Pait was approved during a special school board meeting Tuesday night as the Red Devils’ new boys’ basketball boss.

Hoosier Hills Hoops spoke with Pait immediately after his hiring was made official.

With such a long hiring process, is there any pressure taking over the boys’ program at this late date?

School starts next week, so we’ll get (the players) in the gym as soon as we can and get working on our fall conditioning program. Most of them have been playing AAU and did stuff as Jeff team in June. They’re been playing basketball; not sitting around doing nothing. It helps that I do know them a little and have coached some of the team in the past. School starting earlier this year is actually going to help us out; we can get going pretty quick.

As a Jeffersonville native and former player, is the Jeff boys’ hoops job your dream coaching position?

It definitely is. I told the girls’ team today that I wouldn’t have left the girls’ job at Jeff for any other job. Because of my pride and passion for Jeffersonville as a former player, this is a great opportunity for me. I had a great time coaching girls, and they are headed in the right direction for the future. Timing-wise it wasn’t great for (the girls’ team), but it’s a dream job for me and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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