The girls basketball season may have ended in late February, but the accolades are still coming in for the Western Boone girls basketball program.
Tuesday, head coach Rich Schelsky was named as one of the Bob King Coaches of the Year by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. Two girls basketball coaches from each of the three districts earned the award.
Schelsky was one of the two District 2 recipients, along with Lawrence North's Chris Giffin. Also honored were LaPorte's Skeeter Heath and Penn's Kristi Kaniewski for District 1 and Evansville Mater Dei's Steve Goans and Washington's Gretchen Miles for District 3.
"I was in total disbelief (when I found out)," Schelsky said. "It is a big honor, especially since this is voted on by my peers. It is something I never thought I would get. It is a great accolade and accomplishment that I never envisioned getting and is humbling and rewarding. This award is not just for me, but really for all of our coaches and players in the program. The award goes to all the kids that put in the time and worked hard and got after it."
Schelsky is the first recipient, boys or girls team, from Western Boone. The boys award has been given since the 1972-73 school year and the girls award has been given since 1983-84.
He is the fourth recipient in Boone County history. Jim Rosenstihl was named coach of the year in the 1975-76 school year for the Lebanon boys, Tracey Hammel earned the honor in 2004-05 for the Lebanon girls and current Zionsville boys head coach Shaun Busick earned the honor for the 2008-09 season.
Current Lebanon head coach Beth DeVinney earned the honor in the 2010-11 season while at Seymour.
Schelsky said the award shows how highly other coaches in the area think of the Western Boone program.
For more of this story, read Wednesday's Lebanon Reporter.