Andrews gets his dream coaching job

Hall of Fame father coached for 20 seasons in Nappanee.
Posted on Nov. 9, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 9, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.

NAPPANEE — It looks like a man named Andrews will get the chance to coach football on Andrews Field.

Nate Andrews, whose father Jim was a Hall of Fame coach at NorthWood High School before his untimely death in 1992, will return to his roots to coach the Panthers next fall.

According to a story published in the Saturday, Nov. 9, edition of the Kokomo Tribune, Andrews, who had coached at Western High School, told his team on Friday that he’d be leaving the program after two seasons.

Athletic director Norm Sellers announced through a NorthWood release that a press conference will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, after the school board meeting.

“This is the guy I’m going to recommend,” Sellers said.

Nate Andrews, a 1996 NorthWood graduate, was 15-8 in two seasons at Western, including a 9-2 season that ended last Friday night at West Lafayette. The Panthers shared the Mid-Indiana Conference title with Hamilton Heights, which a year ago was the Class 3A state runner-up.

Heading into the IHSAA tournament, Western was ranked among the top 10 teams in both the Associated Press and Indiana Football Coaches Association polls.

“I think it’s his dream job and an opportunity he didn’t want to pass up,” Western athletic director Josh Larsh told the Tribune.

Before Western, Andrews coached five seasons at Lapel with a 25-31. In his second season at Lapel, Andrew coached the team to a 10-3 record and a sectional title, the first for the school since 1995.

Andrews replaces Scott Hoover, who resigned one week ago with a 30-27 record in five seasons with NorthWood. The Panthers of Nappanee/Wakarusa were 4-6 this fall.

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