The Wood Memorial boys basketball team and girls track team will each have a new head coach next school year.
Kevin Menke, the Trojans’ basketball coach the past two seasons and Lady Trojans’ track coach this spring, reported that he has resigned those roles and also his positions as health and physical education teacher at Wood Memorial.
“Andy Byers, whom I’ve known since he was a Gibson Southern guidance counselor before he became a principal in the Castle school system, now has a commercial fencing company and he offered me a job,” Menke said during Tuesday night’s track sectional at Princeton Community.
“Andy contacted me several weeks ago and I kind of made my decision over spring break. I’ll start working at his Tri-State Fence, as he calls his company, in mid-June. I’ll be doing a lot of different things there and the salary is too good to turn down.”
Menke, who starred at Gibson Southern as a 3-point shooter en route to 2004 graduation, though his career was hampered by a knee injury suffered in February 2003, is finishing his fifth year in the East Gibson School Corp.
After one year as boys’ varsity basketball assistant and two as junior varsity coach, he became head coach when Josh Thompson took the Vincennes Lincoln reins in May 2016.
The 2016-17 Trojans posted a 22-6 record including a Class A sectional championship and a regional final berth. They finished 15-9 the past season, bringing Menke’s two-year record to 37-15.
“Leaving Wood Memorial was an extremely tough decision,” he said. “The athletes and the rest of the East Gibson students are great kids. I’ll miss them like crazy.
“There’s a good chance I’ll be back in coaching someday, but Andy’s job offer is too good to pass up. Making this move is best for our family.”
Menke and his wife, former Wood Memorial athlete Christie Stolz, are parents of 15-year-old daughter Kyra, 6-year-old son Colin, 3-year-old son Quinn and 1-year-old daughter Carmen. Kyra Menke saw varsity basketball action as a Gibson Southern freshman the past season.
Reportedly the next Wood Memorial boys basketball coach is Dustin George, freshman coach, and varsity assistant at Seymour High the past season. George also is a Southern Indiana Select coach in the travel season.