ELKHART, Ind. -- Elkhart Community Schools took a new approach to fill its two varsity boys basketball head coaching jobs.
Rather conduct a separate search for both jobs, Elkhart conducted a search at the same time for two coaches they felt could handle either job.
In a joint press release, Elkhart announced that Randy DeShone is new head varsity boys basketball coach at Elkhart Central while Kyle Sears will take over at Elkhart Memorial.
DeShone was the head coach at Jimtown for more than 20 years before moving into an Assistant Principal position at Jimtown. He led the Jimmies to the state championship in 2004, the only state title ever from an Elkhart County school in boys basketball.
"Randy is well-known in the area for his superior coaching," said Elkhart Central Principal Frank Serge. "He brings with him a legacy of developing players to their full potential, and of understanding how to outplay the competition."
“I always, through my coaching career, thought Elkhart Central would be a great place to coach. Watching their teams in the past, when Dean Foster was here, watching him coach,” said Deshone.
DeShone takes over for Troy Noble, who was 11-31 in two seasons as the Central head coach.
Sears is becoming a head varsity boys basketball coach for the first time, previously serving as an assistant at Memorial under old coach Mark Barnhizer.
“It’s very exciting to have control of the team and be at the head spot now,” said Sears. “To be back at the alma mater as well to coach at Elkhart Memorial where I graduated from has been a huge honor.
Sears is also a former Charger player.
"Kyle embraces a fresh perspective for our basketball program and brings a passion for success," said Elkhart Memorial Principal Mark Tobolski. "He is a longtime Elkhart resident and a respected mentor for our students. I am confident that he will drive our Elkhart Memorial basketball program to the next level."