Wolfe, Carlisle and Neill to receive Bob King Awards as boys’ District Coaches of the Year
(3-28-23) Three Indiana high school boys’ basketball coaches have been chosen as 2023 Bob King Coaches of the Year by their peers in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced Tuesday (March 28).
Wolfe, Carlisle and Neill
Aaron Wolfe of Class 3A state champion NorthWood, Don Carlisle of Class 4A state champion Ben Davis and J.B. Neill of Class A No. 1-ranked Bloomfield have been selected as honorees for the 2022-23 season through voting that occurred from late January through early March, IBCA executive director Marty Johnson said.
Honors are awarded according to IHSAA district boundaries, and one coach from each district is a recipient – Wolfe in District 1; Carlisle in District 2; and Neill in District 3. These three coaches will receive plaques as an IBCA District Coach of the Year during the 2023 IBCA Clinic, which is set for April 20-21 at Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville.
The Coach of the Year award is named for the late Bob King, the IBCA executive director from 1984-94. King was a Lebanon native who coached at Sacred Heart and Shortridge high schools in Indianapolis before serving as an assistant basketball coach at Purdue University. He later also was as an assistant athletic director and associate athletic director at Purdue.
A list of former IBCA/Bob King Coaches of the Year in boys’ basketball is below. The 2023 IBCA/Bob King Coaches of the Year for girls’ basketball were announced on Monday (March 27).
Here is information about the 2023 IBCA/Bob King boys’ Coach of the Year honorees.
District 1: Aaron Wolfe, NorthWood
Aaron Wolfe is the IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year after directing NorthWood to a 28-2 campaign that included a 66-63 victory over Guerin Catholic for the Class 3A state championship. Along the way, his Panthers won the Northern Lakes Conference, the NorthWood Sectional, the South Bend Washington Regional and the Elkhart Semi-State.
In 16 seasons, his teams have gone 281-110 with nine sectional titles plus his first regional, first semi-state and first state title this season. His teams also have two NLC trophies (2022, 2023), and the Panthers have held Class 3A No. 1 rankings in 2015-16, 2016-17, 2021-22 and 2022-23. During Wolfe’s time as coach, NorthWood has had six 20-win seasons, 14 winning seasons and 15 players go on to play in college, including 11 on scholarship.
Wolfe was an Indiana All-Star assistant coach in 2016. He previously was an IBCA District 1 Coach of the Year in 2014. He was The Elkhart Truth Coach of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2020 and 2021, and he was The Goshen News Coach of the Year in 2016, 2020 and 2021. He also served as an IBCA district representative from 2015-18.
A 1992 graduate of Monmouth High School in Monmouth, Ill., Wolfe – who attended elementary school in Benton County, Ind. – competed in basketball, baseball, golf and cross country while a student. He matriculated to Manchester College, helping the Spartans’ basketball team to an NCAA Division III national runner-up finish while playing for Steve Alford as a junior in 1995 with a 33-1 record. That team was inducted into the Manchester University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. Wolfe also played baseball at Manchester.
Wolfe earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and exercise science in 1996 from Manchester College. He earned a teaching degree in 1998 from Indiana University. He added a master’s degree in education in 2003 from Indiana University.
Wolfe began his coaching career in the spring of 1998 while student teacher at NorthWood, assisting the Black Swoosh girls and former coach Steve Neff. He was a boys’ basketball assistant in 1998-99 at Westfield, then moved to Warsaw as an assistant to Al Rhodes from 1999-2007. He was hired to take over the NorthWood boys’ program in May 2007.
He is in his 16th year as a teacher at NorthWood, currently instructing students in biology, genetics and environmental science.
Wolfe and his wife, Sonya, have three children – Whitney, 23, Aidan, 20, and Ethan, 17, a junior on the NorthWood state champions.
District 2: Don Carlisle, Ben Davis
Don Carlisle is the IBCA District 2 Coach of the Year after guiding Ben Davis to a 53-41 victory over Kokomo for an undefeated Class 4A state championship and a state best-ever 33-0 record. His Giants also won the the Hall of Fame Classic, the Marion County Tournament, the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, the Perry Meridian Sectional, the Southport Regional and the New Castle Semi-State.
In eight seasons as an Indiana high school head coach, Carlisle has amassed a 144-66 ledger with five sectional titles, two regional trophies, two semi-state crowns and one state championship.
He currently is in the first year of a three-year term as an IBCA district representative. He has been named the 2023 Marion County Coach of the Year and the head coach for the 2023 Indiana All-Stars.
Carlisle’s first head coaching position came at Indianapolis Arlington, which he guided to a 46-25 record with one sectional title from 2015-18. He then moved to Ben Davis, directing the Giants to a 98-41 mark in five seasons with one MIC title to go with four sectionals, two regionals, two semi-states and one state crown.
Carlisle began his coaching career as a developmental assistant for the IUPUI men’s program during the 2008 portion of the 2007-08 season. His first work with high school athletes came in 2011-12 when he guided both boys and girls at the International School of Paris. He returned to IUPUI as a men’s basketball assistant for Todd Howard from 2012-14. He then started and operated a fitness business in 2014-15 before accepting the coaching job at Arlington.
A 1997 graduate of Ben Davis, Carlisle was a key player for Steve Witty on the Giants’ 1996 state champions and followed by averaging 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds while earning honorable mention all-state honors for an 18-5 squad as a senior.
He went on to play at IUPUI, totaling 1,340 points, 769 rebounds 165 steals and 64 blocks in four seasons for coach Ron Hunter. He was honored by the Mid-Continent Conference in multiple seasons – second-team all-conference and all-newcomer team as a sophomore, second-team all-conference as a junior and first-team all-conference as a senior).
Carlisle then played professional basketball for 11 years, mostly in France but also in Sweden, Australia, Finland, Italy and in the D-League. He completed his bachelor’s degree with a major in finance at IUPUI in the spring of 2008 and later added a master’s degree in education from Marian University in 2018.
After leading IUPUI in both scoring and rebound in his final three college seasons, Carlisle was inducted into the IUPUI Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. He also was selected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2022 Silver Anniversary Team that recognized graduates from 1997. He currently teaches physical education at Ben Davis.
Carlisle is engaged to Aquarius, and he has two children – Donoven, 24, and Micah, 10.
District 3: J.B. Neill, Bloomfield
J.B. Neill is the IBCA District 3 Coach of the Year after leading Bloomfield to a 24-4 season that included a sectional championship and a No. 1 ranking in Class A.
Neill has a 208-115 record in 13 seasons as a boys’ varsity head coach. That total includes a 74-30 aggregate over the past four seasons at Bloomfield with sectional titles in 2020, 2022 and 2023. His boys’ ledger also includes a 64-49 slate in five seasons at White River Valley, 12-14 in one season at Shakamak and a 58-22 mark in three seasons at Edgewood. His time with the Mustangs included one sectional title, three Western Indiana Conference crowns and one Wabash Valley Tournament championship.
Neill began his coaching career in 1997-98 as a boys’ assistant at Eastern Greene. He followed by directing the Eastern Greene girls to a 75-54 record from 1999 to 2005 before taking over the boys’ program at WRV in 2009. He previously was honored as the HBCA girls’ District 1 Coach of the Year in 2002, WIC boys’ Coach of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and HBCA boys’ District 1 Coach of the Year in 2018.
A 1991 graduate of Eastern Greene, Neill averaged 24.8 points as senior while playing for Mark Barnhizer en route to being named honorable mention all-state. He matriculated to Longwood College in Farmville, Va., where he totaled 871 points, 274 rebounds and 181 assists in his four-year career. He holds the school season record with 27 consecutive free throws in 1991-92, and he still is seventh on the school’s career 3-point list with 157.
Neill, currently the athletic director and dean of students at Bloomfield, earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Longwood in 1995. He added a master’s degree in education from Olivet Nazarene University in 2008.
He and his wife, Sally, have three sons – Brasey, 18, a senior on the Bloomfield team; Blake, 15, a freshman on the Bloomfield team; and Brooks, 11.
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BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS
The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association has presented Coach of the Year Awards since 1973. These awards are named for Bob King, a former executive director of the organization who also spent years on the Purdue University men’s basketball coaching staff and later served as an assistant athletic director at Purdue. He played and then coached basketball and football for 13 years at Indianapolis Shortridge and is a graduate of Butler University. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986. Honorees were selected one per district in five districts from 1973 through 2003, two per district in three districts from 2004-2022, and one per district in three districts starting in 2023. The boys’ awards started in the 1972-73 season. The girls’ awards started in the 1983-84 season.
1972-73: (1) Steve Yoder, Plymouth; (2) Bob Dille, Fort Wayne Northrop; (3) Richard Theill, Southport; (4) Stan Weber, Southwestern (Hanover); (5) Bob Lochmueller, Tell City. 1973-74: (1) Marvin Wood, Mishawaka; (2) Marvin Tudor, Huntington North; (3) Howard Sharpe, Terre Haute North; (4) Phil Snodgrass, Union County; (5) George Marshall, Jeffersonville. 1974-75: (1) Doug Adams, Michigan City Elston; (2) Jim Miller, Penn; (3) Sam Alford, Martinsville; (4) Pat Rady, Winchester; (5) Guy Glover, Bloomfield. 1975-76: (1) Tom Linger, Lake Central; (2) By Hey, Fort Wayne North; (3) Jim Rosenstihl, Lebanon; (4) Bob Fuller, Anderson Highland; (5) Jim Jones, Princeton. 1976-77: (1) Mike Copper, Munster; (2) Gary Miller, Bellmont; (3) John Milholland, Frankfort; (4) Bill Slayback, Aurora; (5) George Marshall, Jeffersonville. 1977-78: (1) Jim Vermillion, Merrillville; (2) By Hey, Fort Wayne North; (3) Jack Keefer, Lawrence North; (4) Garth Cone, Alexandria; (5) Bill Springer, Bloomington South. 1978-79: (1) Bill Hahn, Michigan City Rogers; (2) Dave Hadaway, South Bend Adams; (3) Gayle Towles, Ben Davis; (4) Sam Alford, New Castle; (5) John Wessel, Evansville Central. 1979-80: (1) Gene Miiller, Kankakee Valley; (2) Bill Patrick, Whitko; (3) Ed Siegel, Pike; (4) Bob Fuller, Anderson Highland; (5) Jack Butcher, Loogootee. 1980-81: (1) Phil Weybright, Argos; (2) Tom Sittler, Manchester; (3) Dave Nicholson, Noblesville, and James "Jake" Thompson, Indianapolis Howe; (4) Phil Buck, Anderson Madison Heights; (5) Orlando “Gunner” Wyman, Vincennes Lincoln. 1981-82: (1) Jack Edison, Plymouth; (2) Neal McKeeman, Homestead; (3) Al Tucker, Cloverdale; (4) Butch Stafford, Anderson Highland; (5) Joe Mullen, Evansville Bosse. 1982-83: (1) Fred Mitchell, Chesterton; (2) Tom Dubois, Southwood; (3) Fred Belser, Indianapolis Manual; (4) Basil Mawbey, Connersville; (5) Stan Neal, Washington. 1983-84: (1) Skip Collins, Valparaiso; (2) Al Rhodes, Warsaw; (3) Dave Nicholson, Noblesville; (4) Calvin Bayley, Frankton; (5) Dave Worland, Washington Catholic. 1984-85: (1) Skip Collins, Valparaiso; (2) Kent Lochmueller, Carroll (Fort Wayne); (3) John Milholland, Frankfort; (4) Jimmie Howell, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); (5) Jim Jones, Princeton. 1985-86: (1) Joe Otis, LaPorte; (2) Al Rhodes, Warsaw; (3) Dave Nicholson, Noblesville; (4) John Robbins, Muncie South; (5) Jerrill VanDeventer, Boonville. 1986-87: (1) Steve Bennett, Lafayette Central Catholic; (2) Bill Green, Marion; (3) Bob Heady, Carmel; (4) Steve Brunes, East Central; (5) Dan Bush, Bedford North Lawrence. 1987-88: (1) Dan Warkentien, Oregon-Davis; (2) Creighton Burns, Mississinewa; (3) Bob Knapp, Rossville; (4) George Griffith, Richmond; (5) Steve Brett, Bloomfield. 1988-89: (1) Skip Collins, Valparaiso; (2) Dan Gunn, Marion; (3) Pat Rady, Terre Haute South; (4) Dave Porter, South Decatur; (5) Jack Butcher, Loogootee. 1989-90: (1) Denny Foster, Hebron; (2) Jim Hahn, Concord; (3) Frank Craig, Indianapolis Tech; (4) Ron Baldwin, Yorktown; (5) Gene Miiller, Vincennes Lincoln. 1990-91: (1) Ron Heflin, Gary Roosevelt; (2) Pete Smith, Manchester; (3) Bryan Hughes, Fountain Central; (4) Bill Hahn, Muncie South; (5) Dan Bush, Bedford North Lawrence. 1991-92: (1) Bob Punter, Valparaiso; (2) Al Rhodes, Warsaw; (3) Steve Brunes, Brownsburg; (4) Alan Darner, Anderson Highland; (5) Jim Miller, New Albany. 1992-93: (1) John Todd, East Chicago Central; (2) Marty Johnson, East Noble; (3) Steve Witty, Ben Davis; (4) George Griffith, Richmond; (5) Dave Clark, White River Valley. 1993-94: (1) Bob Punter, Valparaiso; (2) Dick Butt, Leo; (3) Phil Waddell, Tipton; (4) Mike Drews, Muncie Central; (5) Jim Miller, New Albany. 1994-95: (1) Jim East, Merrillville; (2) Moe Smedley, Manchester; (3) Joe Pearson, Indianapolis Washington; (4) Sam Alford, New Castle; (5) Brian Wahl, Pike Central. 1995-96: (1) Bob Buscher, Andrean; (2) Basil Mawbey, Kokomo; (3) Mark James, Franklin Central; (4) Garth Cone, Alexandria; (5) Mark Matthews, Bedford North Lawrence. 1996-97: (1) Joe Otis, LaPorte; (2) Marty Johnson, East Noble; (3) Dave McCollough, Noblesville; (4) Mel Seifert, Batesville; (5) Tom McKinney, Bloomington North. 1997-98: (1) Jack Edison, Plymouth; (2) Mike Sorrell, Goshen; (3) Alan Darner, Pike; (4) Paul Keller, Delta; (5) Dave Reese, Perry Central. 1998-99: (1) Jack Gabor, Kankakee Valley; (2) Tim Reinking, Fort Wayne Concordia; (3) Larry Nicks, Indianapolis Arlington; (4) Chip Mehaffey, Winchester; (5) J.R. Holmes, Bloomington South. 1999-2000: (1) Clint Swan, Andrean; (2) Moe Smedley, Marion; (3) Scott Heady, Warren Central; (4) Jerry Bomholt, Southwestern (Hanover); (5) Tom Beach, Forest Park. 2000-01: (1) Basil Mawbey, Lewis Cass; (2) Cliff Hawkins, DeKalb; (3) Steve Witty, Ben Davis; (4) Steve Bennett, New Castle; (5) Jerry O’Brian, Gibson Southern. 2001-02: (1) Pat Skaggs, Benton Central; (2) Wayne Barker, Bluffton; (3) Steve Witty, Ben Davis; (4) Chip Mehaffey, Winchester; (5) Jim Shannon, New Albany. 2002-03: (1) Mike Hackett, Munster; (2) Chris Benedict, Columbia City; (3) Brian Satterfield, Hamilton Southeastern; (4) Joe Bradburn, Yorktown; (5) Will Wyman, Evansville Harrison. 2003-04: (1) Chris Benedict, Columbia City; (1) Dean Foster, Penn. (2) Andy Weaver, Western; (2) Joe Luce, Benton Central. (3) Dave Benter, Brownstown Central; (3) Marty Echelbarger, Heritage Hills. 2004-05: (1) Robb Berger, Mishawaka; (1) Randy DeShone, Jimtown. (2) Joe Buck, Pendleton Heights; (2) Larry Nicks, Indianapolis Arlington. (3) Steve Combs, Vincennes Lincoln; (3) Dave Omer, Washington. 2005-06: (1) Jack Edison, Plymouth; (1) Steve Johnson, Elkhart Memorial. (2) Jack Keefer, Lawrence North; (2) David Wood, West Lafayette. (3) Jeff Hein, Evansville Bosse; (3) Harry Larrabee, Shelbyville. 2006-07: (1) Travis Hannah, Oregon-Davis; (1) Bob Punter, Valparaiso. (2) David McCollough, Noblesville; (2) Mark James, Franklin Central. (3) Tom Bradley, Orleans; (3) Jay Brown, Edgewood. 2007-08: (1) Jason Groves, Triton; (1) Tom Peller, Chesterton. (2) Travis Daugherty, Tipton; (2) Mark Galloway, Carmel. (3) J.R. Holmes, Bloomington South; (3) Jim Shannon, New Albany. 2008-09: (1) Jason Ridge, Northridge; (1) Marty Beasley, Carroll (Fort Wayne). (2) Shaun Busick, Zionsville; (2) Craig Teagle, Jay County. (3) Tom Weeks, Princeton; (3) Mike Saylor, Terre Haute South 2009-10: (1) Chris Johnson, Homestead; (1) Eric Thompson, Peru. (2) Brian Barber, Danville; (2) Steve Lynch, Mt. Vernon (Fortville). (3) Dave Benter, Brownstown Central; (3) Matt Wadsworth, North Posey. 2010-11: (1) Mike Hackett, Munster; (1) Mark Johnson, South Bend Riley. (2) Brian Hahn, Pendleton Heights; (2) Brian McCauley, Kokomo. (3) Nate Hawkins, Forest Park; (3) Andy Igel, Eastern Greene 2011-12: (1) Al Gooden, New Haven; (1) Chris Johnson, Homestead. (2) Scott Heady, Carmel; (2) Brian Satterfield, Hamilton Southeastern. (3) Bryan Hughes, Barr-Reeve; (3) Stacy Meyer, Greensburg. 2012-13: (1) Ryan Bales, Plymouth; (1) Mike Hackett, Munster. (2) Brad Dickey, Tipton; (2) Steve Lynch, Mt.Vernon (Fortville). (3) Brent Chitty, Columbus East; (3) Bryan Speer, Evansville Harrison. 2013-14: (1) Al Rhodes, Penn; (1) Aaron Wolfe, NorthWood. (2) Kent Chezem, Covington; (2) Brent Keck, Perry Meridian. (3) Bryan Hughes, Barr-Reeve; (3) Jamie Kolkmeier, Corydon Central. 2014-15: (1) Marty Beasley, Carroll (Fort Wayne); (1) Mike McBride, Churubusco. (2) Brent Brobston, Frankton (2); Rick Peckinpaugh, McCutcheon. (3) Michael Adams, Evansville Reitz; (3) Brandon Hoffman, Silver Creek. 2015-16: (1) T.J. Lux, Merrillville; (1) Doug Ogle, Warsaw. (2) Jimmie Howell, Lapel; (2) David McCollough, Shenandoah. (3) Matt Britton, Bloomfield (3); Jim Shannon, New Albany. 2016-17: (1) Barak Coolman, Valparaiso; (1) Clint Swan, Crown Point, (2) Criss Beyers, Warren Central; (2) Kevin Renbarger, Oak Hill. (3) Kerry Brown, Connersville; (3) Todd Sturgeon, Floyd Central. 2017-18: (1) Michael Edison, LaVille; (1) Rob Yoder, Westview. (2) Daniel Cox, New Castle; (2) Matt English, Beech Grove. (3) Scott McClelland, Morristown; (3) Todd Sturgeon, Floyd Central. 2018-19: (1) Ryan Eakins, East Noble; (1) Craig Teagle, Huntington North. (2) Mark Detweiler, Delta; (2) Ryan Osborn, Carmel. (3) Brandon Hoffman, Silver Creek; (3) J.R. Holmes, Bloomington South. 2019-20: (1) Marc Davidson, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian; (1) Marc Urban, Chesterton. (2) Al Gooden, Lawrence Central; (2) David McCollough, Shenandoah. (3) Nate Hawkins, Heritage Hills; (3) Kendall Wildey, South Decatur. 2020-21: (1) Chris Johnson, Homestead; (1) Chad Johnston, South Bend Adams. (2) Ryan Osborn, Carmel; (2) Andy Weaver, Plainfield. (3) Jeff Moore, Sullivan; (3) Josh Thompson, Barr-Reeve. 2021-22: (1) Travis Hannah, John Glenn; (1) Marc Urban, Chesterton. (2) Ben Rhoades, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); (2) Justin Ullom, Monroe Central. (3) Brent Dalrymple, North Daviess; (3) Kirk Manns, Seymour. 2022-23: (1) Aaron Wolfe, NorthWood; (2) Don Carlisle, Ben Davis; (3) J.B. Neill, Bloomfield.