Look for more Indiana natives - particularly basketball players - to head West in the future.
Former Indiana Mr. Basketball Steve Alford has hired one of Indiana's most successful prep basketball coaches as one of his assistants at UCLA. according to the Indianapolis Star. The opening just came available when Alford's longtime assistant, Craig Neal (another Hoosier) succeeded him as head coach at the University of New Mexico.
Ed Schilling - who posted an 87-18 record with a pair of Class 2A state titles and one runner-up finish in just four years - will leave Park Tudor (Indianapolis, Ind.)
for a chance to renew an old friendship. He also will leave behind one of Indiana's premier juniors, 6-5 Trevon Bluiett
A former head coach at Wright State University and long-time assistant to John Calipari, the 47-year-old Schilling told the Star, "It's really tough. I didn't apply or seek it out. Steve and I have been friends for decades. But it's tough to leave. I wasn't really looking to get back into college coaching. I was content with what I was doing. But to be able to coach with one of my best friends and to do it at UCLA was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The move will create another basketball coaching opening because Schilling's wife, April, had guided the Roncalli (Indianapolis, Ind.) girls to a 24-4 record this past season.