(12-1-22) The IHSAA Executive Committeeat at their November 4th Executive Committee meeting suspended two Merrillville football assistant coaches, defensive coordinator Josh Sabinas and assistant Brian West, contacted student-athletes enrolled at other member schools, in violation of IHSAA rules.


Sabinas and West were suspended for the first three games of the the 2022 season and not allowed to scout opponents during that three-week period.

The suspensions were the recommendation of the Merrillville administration.

The IHSAA Executive Meeting, November 4th, 2022

Merrillville did play a complete schedule in 2022 going 9-3, winning a sectional before losing in the regional final to eventual 5A state champion Valparaiso 15-14. The Pirates were ranked # 6 in the Associate Press Class 5A rankings at the end of the 2022 regular season.