Elkhart Community Schools announced has announced the selection of the varsity Boys Basketball coach for Elkhart High School for the 2023-2024 sports season.
The head varsity Boys Basketball coach for Elkhart High School for the 2023-2024 season is Will Coatie who is currently employed at Elkhart High School. He has served as the head Girls Basketball coach at Elkhart High School for the last three years where he was named the Northern Indiana Conference coach of the year for the 2022-2023 season and also lead his team to a sectional runner-up title.
According to Principal Cary Anderson “Coach Coatie established a strong foundation and a high expectation for discipline and competition in our girls basketball program. He consistently demonstrates care and concern for our student-athletes in and out of season while upholding a standard for behavior of his athletes on the court, in the classroom, and throughout our community that will serve our boys program well. He has exhibited the ability to teach the game of basketball in several different settings and various age levels throughout his career and shows a tremendous loyalty to our school and the city of Elkhart.”
Before leading the girls basketball program at Elkhart High School, Coach Coatie was the head varsity Girls Basketball coach at Elkhart Central for eight years where he was named the Northern Indiana Conference coach of the year two times and earned the first sectional title in Girls Basketball in 37 years during the 2017-18 season.
Prior to that, he was the lead varsity assistant coach at Oregon Davis High School for eleven years. In that time, Oregon Davis won 4 sectionals a state championship in 2006-07. In addition, he established the Elkhart Sports Center and Elkhart Extreme AAU programs. He also served as an assistant coach for the Elkhart Express semi-pro
According to Coach Will Coatie, “My family and I are beyond excited for this new opportunity to be able to lead the Elkhart Boys Basketball team. It seems surreal to have this new task to grow the boys team after my journey in building the girls squad for the past 11 years. I want to express my gratitude to all the coaches, parents, and players who have and will be a part of my program. I take my responsibility as a coach very seriously as I get the opportunity to help shape all my players into new leaders, successful adults, and good citizens. I am confident that this team will stand out and achieve great things both on and off the court. This will be a commitment to excellence and we just need to trust the process. It’s a great day to be a Lion.”
Coach Will Coatie will replace Kyle Sears who resigned following the conclusion of the 2022-2023 season. The search is now on for a replacement for the vacant Girls Varsity Coach position.