Mark Barnhizer hired as Hammond Gavit AD, basketball coach

Mark Barnhizer is taking two positions at Hammond Gavit High School.

Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 4:21 p.m.

Mark Barnhizer has landed at Hammond Gavit High as both the school’s athletic director and boys basketball coach.

Barnhizer resigned as Elkhart Memorial coach in April after eight seasons heading the Crimson Chargers.

At Gavit, he succeeds Brandon Ridenour in both positions. Ridenour went 49-84 over six years, including 6-16 last winter, before relocating in April to a Phoenix-area job outside of education.

Gavit is a Class 3A school and member of the Great Lakes Conference, made up of four Hammond schools. The Gladiators have won one sectional in the last 29 years, that in 2004.

“This is a good opportunity and I think my family will enjoy it,” Barnhizer told The Times of Northwest Indiana. “Hopefully, I’m coming in at the right time. I know they’ve been in kind of a drought recently. I hope we’re entering into an up area for Gavit.”

At Memorial, Barnhizer went 103-75 with two 4A sectional titles and a regional crown. The 2011-12 Chargers finished 24-2 for the best mark in school history and won the program’s first regional championship in 23 years.

Gavit becomes Barnhizer’s seventh head coaching stop. He has compiled a 384-279 record over 30 seasons. Over the last 25 years, he’s gone 343-215 while at Eastern of Bloomfield, Perry Meridian and Memorial.

Kyle Sears, a Charger assistant, was named to succeed Barnhizer at Memorial on June 17.


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