Guess who’s back, back again

Seth Barnes and Tyler Ward


photo by Breanna Evans

New varsity coach, Shannon Houser promotes his “new coach, new culture” philosophy. Houser has told his team they are “held accountable for their actions.”

by Tyler Ward and Seth Barnes

During the 2018-2019 season, the Meridian Hawks varsity boys’ basketball team finished with a record of 21 wins and 11 losses. The Hawks needed something different to soar to that next level.  Meridian School Board held a board meeting to decide whether to keep Jay Driscoll at the head coaching position.

The school board voted against the rehire of Driscoll at a board meeting held April 15, 2019. The search began for a new head coach for the program.

The board decided to hire Shannon Houser. Prior to being hired as the new coach, Houser was the head coach for the Meridian Middle School boys’ basketball program for the past three years.  Over the past 20 years, Houser has coached many of the middle school and JV basketball teams for Meridian.

Houser briefly left in 2013, to coach the LSA boys’ basketball team, replacing Dave Kreps. Soon after his arrival, LSA won their first regional championship in school history with a record of 20-10.

In his three seasons with LSA, Houser won 53 games and lost 37 as head coach. After the 2015-2016 season, Houser decided to resign from his position as LSA’s head coach and take his coaching abilities back home to Meridian. 

In his second year of coaching, Houser took the Class of 2022, Meridian’s eighth grade team, to third in the state.

“I want to put a team on the floor that loves the game and will work together to reach their goals. It starts on the defensive end,” said Houser. 

The team’s conditioning ends on Monday, November 11

“Thus far, conditioning has gone well and the coaching staff is very proud of the efforts and morale,” said Houser. 

Also making the move with Houser is Ponce Palmer as head JV coach.  The head coach for the freshman team is still undecided.

The team’s first game is in the New-Berlin Thanksgiving Tournament against Raymond Lincoln-wood.