Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 23, 2013

Cougars lose 6 seniors; gain new coach

By Nick Gonnella Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — No change is easy the next season for a high school team that graduates six seniors and inherits a new coach.

However, for Jordan Stevens and the South Decatur boys basketball team, the players have made the challenging transition much easier.

“Even back in the summer, when I got the job – and through conditioning – things have been tough,” said Stevens, who coached the junior varsity team last season. “Things have been different, and sometimes change is hard, but our kids have really done a good job of keeping positive attitudes and trying to work forward and getting better each day.”

Stevens graduated from St. Joseph’s Rensselaer College after graduating from West Central High School in Francisville, Ind. He was hired after Tom Black departed to become the Dean of Students at Jennings County High School.

Six seniors graduated last year, but Stevens likes what he sees from the current composition of players.

“The group of guys we have are really hard-nosed guys,” said Stevens. “They’re willing to get down and get their hands dirty, and do the things that we want to represent South Decatur basketball. Our work ethic and our determination will help our confidence down the road. If we can start strong, then that will build by the end of the season.”

South opens the season on the road at Trinity Lutheran Tuesday night, with the JV game at 6 p.m.

More in-depth team analysis and a preview of all players will be published Tuesday.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.