Ius­sig cred­its staff for award, suc­cess

Post-Tribune - - Post-tribune sports - BY JOHN O’MALLEY Post-Tri­bune cor­re­spon­dent

It’s not like Low­ell’s Pete Ius­sig isn’t ap­pre­cia­tive about be­ing named ICGSA Coach of the Year, he just doesn’t be­lieve he de­serves it.

“I’m a lit­tle em­bar­rassed to tell you the truth,’’ he said. “I voted for South Spencer’s Tara Comp­ton. Her team won state (Class 2A), so I think she should have won.’’

Ius­sig be­lieves all state cham­pi­onship coaches should be can­di­dates.

“Our team didn’t move past the sec­tional (fi­nal), and here’s some­one who led their team to the state ti­tle, and I beat her out? That’s crazy.’’

Per­haps, but Ius­sig’s de­serv­ing. He led Low­ell to a 23-7 mark.

“I’m pleased for our pro­gram,’’ he said. “I think it’s a staff award. This is an honor for Low­ell. I’m very ap­pre­cia­tive peo­ple look at our pro­gram as some­thing that de­serves to be rec­og­nized.

“It wouldn’t have hap­pened without my as­sis­tant coaches — Jim Chan­cel­lor, Kelly Korth, Jack John­son, Mike McClin­don, Dave McNeil and Eric Quale.’’

McClin­don, McNeil and Quale came over from He­bron, while Chan­cel­lor’s been a main­stay.

Korth, for­merly Kelly John­son, was All­State, an In­di­ana All-Star, and cap­tained Low­ell’s 2007 state team.

“Kelly’s been vol­un­teer­ing three years — she does a great job,’’ Ius­sig said. “The girls re­ally re­late well to her.’’

John­son, Korth’s fa­ther, works well with Chan­cel­lor, call­ing pitches.

“We all just re­ally meshed to­gether well this year in terms of get­ting along,’’ Ius­sig said.

“I think it had a lot to do with their ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge, and the fact we all kind of have the same phi­los­o­phy.’’

Ius­sig said he told North All-Stars — Alyssa Pokropin­ski and Emma Lit­trell — this sea­son was spe­cial.

“I had a great time this year, I re­ally did,’’ Ius­sig said. “We had no prob­lems, no at­ti­tudes and we were fairly suc­cess­ful — even though we came up a game short in con­fer­ence and sec­tional.

“It was one of my most en­joy­able sea­sons in 24 years of coach­ing — just a fan­tas­tic sea­son. It’s not wins and losses — it’s the girls. The girls and par­ents were great. I had a great time this year.’’

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