Chezem moves from Covington to Loogootee

Kent Chezem, who guided Covington High School to the No. 1 ranking in Class A at the conclusion of this past regular season, was named Loogootee’s new boys’ basketball coach at a school board meeting Friday.
During his tenure at Covington, his teams posted a record of 152-94 in 11 seasons, including 52-14 the past three years. The Trojans won three sectional championships and advanced to the final eight in postseason in 2005 and 2010.
He will inherit three starters from last season’s Loogootee team that finished 8-15 under interim coach Michael Hopkins.
“The tradition at Loogootee and their love of basketball is second to none,” said Chezem, 46. “Everybody in the state of Indiana and beyond knows about what coach Jack Butcher has done there. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to have a chance to lead the program.”
Hopkins stepped into the breach when former coach Mike Wagoner abruptly resigned in September to become an assistant at South Knox. Wagoner guided Loogootee to a 90-44 record in six seasons, including the Class A state championship in 2012.
Loogootee’s gym is named Jack Butcher Arena, after the legendary figure who is Indiana’s all-time winningest coach with a 860-250 record in 45 years. Butcher, who retired following the 2002 season, guided the Lions to a berth in the single-class 1975 state championship game.

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