Kokomo coach picked to lead Noblesville basketball team

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Noblesville High School has a new boys basketball coach – one with a 3-1 record against the Millers. On May 20, NHS Athletic Director introduced former Kokomo High School Coach Brain McCauley as the new Noblesville leader.

McCauley served eight years as varsity coach at Kokomo and has a 130­58 career record including five sectional championships and a semi-state championship in 2011.

“Brian’s impressive record on the court and his focus on playing hard, playing smart and emphasizing teamwork make him a great fit for our program,” said Hasch, adding that Noblesville had 35 applicants for the position. “Brian rose to the top through the process without a doubt. We’re very pleased to have him as our new coach.”

McCauley replaces McCollough, who was told in April that his contract would not be renewed after 20 years and 308 wins at Noblesville.

“Noblesville has a tremendous reputation and a tremendous basketball program. I’ll do my best to continue that tradition of outstanding players, coaches and administrators,” said McCauley. “That’s part of the challenge as well. To come in and put my stamp on it.”

A graduate of Kokomo High School, McCauley played varsity basketball for three years and later graduated Summa Cum Laude from Olivet Nazarene University, where he also was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Academic All-American.

“Kokomo means a lot to me,” said McCauley. “But this was an opportunity that I felt was one that was great to explore and try to meet the challenge.

McCauley said Hoosier Crossroads Conference and Hamilton County provides great competition and Noblesville is a part of “the best sectional in the state.

“It’s an opportunity where if you can break through in the sectional you have the opportunity to go after that state championship,” he said.

McCauley said he looks forward to coaching in The Mill and for its student section.

“It’s Hoosier Hysteria at its finest. I feel like they have a stake in the game. The Mill has a reputation for being an extremely tough place to play. They can definitely have a big impact on the game,” he said.

McCauley holds a master’s degree in physical education with a coaching emphasis from Ball State University and has 11 years of experience teaching history and social studies. He will teach in NHS’ social studies department.

McCauley’s wife Amy teaches at Ivy Tech and the couple has a 6-year-old son and 4-year old daughter. The family intends to relocate to Noblesville.

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