Iussig credits staff for award, success
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.’’