(6-22-21) Hall of Fame Coach Scot Shaw will return to Michigan to coach Niles in the fall of 2021. Shaw hopes to revitalize a program that has had three coaches in the period of just 1 year.
Cody French who was hired this past March March as the new coach of the Vikings and then suddenly resigned.
French spent six season as the assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Elkhart High School. He helped the Lions go 9-1 in their first season after the merger of Central and Memorial. Elkhart won a Class 6A sectional title and also shared the NIC crown with Marian at 4-0.
French was hired to replace Joe Sassano, who resigned after five seasons at Niles. Sassano was 11-32, including 1-6 record during the 2020 pandemic season.
Shaw is quite familiar with the Michiana area…a 1975 Mishawaka High School graduate he served as an assistant coach at Concord High School from 1979-85 before leaving to become a head coach at Three Rivers (Mich.). After 19 years and a state championship in 2003, he coached six seasons at Grandville (Mich.) and spent two years as an assistant coach at Hope College in Holland, Mich., In 2014 Shaw would coach one season at Fort Wayne Wayne. He guided the Generals… to a 9-2 record and a share of the Summit Athletic Conference championship with Fort Wayne Luers and Fort Wayne Snider.
He left Wayne after that one season to return to the area to coach at Elkhart Memorial, 2019 was his last season with the Chargers after the two Elkhart schools had consolidated…his last season ended with a 3-7 record.
The Vikings will play their first season in the Wolverine Conference and will open up at home against Sturgis on August 26th.
In 2012, he was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
The Niles Athletic Department has had a big face lift, Niles graduate Matt Brawley has been named to replace retiring Vikings Athletic Director Jeff Uptonon July 1. Just last week another Niles grad Myles Busby was named the new head boys basketball coach.