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Edmondson takes over North Central boys basketball program

By B.J. Hargis
Photo courtesy The Brazil Times: Vance Edmondson.

FARMERSBURG — For the fourth consecutive year, North Central High School will have a new boys basketball coach.
After Jacob Cummings recently left for a similar job at North Vermillion, the Northeast School Corp.’s board of trustees approved the hiring of Vance Edmondson on Wednesday night.
He also will serve as middle school counselor and athletic director.
“I was enjoying my time off from coaching,” said Edmondson, who won 108 games, four consecutive sectionals and two regionals in his nine seasons as boys basketball coach at Clay City before resigning that position earlier this year. “This was the first time in years that I was not involved in summer basketball.
“But some friends of mine from North Central called and encouraged me to apply. I am happy that we made the decision. I am looking forward to meeting the boys and getting started.”
Edmondson, a 1989 graduate of North Daviess High School, has hit the ground running. He was cleaning out his classroom at Clay City on Thursday.
“We start school next Wednesday,” said Edmondson. “I hope to meet with the boys next week.
“We have put our house up for sale in Terre Haute and it looks like we will likely be moving to Sullivan.”
Edmondson has ties to North Central.
He served four years as an assistant under boys basketball coach Glenn Andrew and has been married to NCHS graduate Brandy Logue for almost 19 years.
“Brandy and I are both comfortable coming back to North Central,” said Vance.
Edmondson, who played basketball and earned a bachelor’s degree from Oakland City University, knows he is taking over a program that has fallen on hard times recently. North Central has had just one winning season since advancing to the semi-state  about eight years ago.
The Thunderbirds have won just eight games combined in the past three seasons, including none in 2016-17.
“It’s not that long ago since North Central won a regional (2010),” said Edmondson. “But recently there has been a lot of coaching turnover and they have struggled.”
Ty Thompson, Dawson Basinger, Jacob Pritchard, Bryton Suggs, Luke Turner and James Roberts are some of the key players expected to return.
“There is talent in the program,” said Edmondson.  “What they need is consistency, something they have not had over the last three or four years.”
Edmondson said he realizes it hasn’t been easy on the players.
“They are going to have to learn another new system,” said Edmondson, who posted a 24-5 record and a regional title in 2015. “We are going to have to learn from each other.
“We are going to add stability to the program.”
He added that the players should be able to pick up on his system easily.
“It is not that difficult,” Edmondson said. “They should be able to learn it on the fly.
“It is not going to happen overnight. We are going to have some nights where we look good and then we are going to have some nights where we don’t look very good.”
Vance, spent one season as an assistant under the late former Terre Haute South coach Mike Saylor before taking over at Clay City.
“I would say I am an offensive coach,” said Edmondson, who with Brandy have a son Kaleb, 16 and daughter Kendall, 14. “I have learned a lot from all the coaches I have worked for and with, but I learned a great deal from Mike.
“He believed that you worry more about yourself and improving your own weaknesses. We watched more film on his own team than we did our opponents. It is a philosophy that has stuck with me. You know what the other team does, but you worry more about improving your own skills.”
Edmondson, who describes himself as an intense coach, said he is confident that they can turn things around, sooner than later.
“I know that there will be days where we have to be patient,” said Edmondson, who said players should be able to feed off of his intensity. “But we are going to have a short time to get ready for this season and get moving up the hill.
“We want to be able to control the tempo, control what we do and what our opponents do. We want to try and get easy buckets, putting pressure on our opponents. I am looking forward to this new opportunity.”

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