Former Terre Haute North High School baseball coach Shawn Turner was approved Wednesday to become the head baseball coach and a math teacher at Richmond.
“We’re extremely excited,” Turner told the Palladium-Item newspaper this week. “The Richmond High School program has a long and storied history.”
Richmond has won 29 sectional championships, third most in the state behind only Jasper and LaPorte. The Red Devils also own 12 regional titles and four semistate crowns.
Turner, 45, most recently was an assistant coach at Wabash College. Prior to that, he spent 17 seasons guiding North. Included was a trip to the 2014 Class 4A state title game at Victory Field, where the Patriots lost to Noblesville 2-1
Turner’s career record at North was 312-194.
“I’ve been coaching baseball for 26 years,” Turner told the Palladium-Item. “I’ve had the fortune of being the head coach at a large school and had a moderate level of success there.
“Richmond intrigued me, the commitment the community has to sports in general. ... I think that’s important.”
Turner replaces Tyler Lairson, who guided the Red Devils for two seasons. Lairson stepped down last month.
Richmond finished 14-14 in 2015 and 22-8 in 2014.
“We hope to come in and pick up where coach Lairson stepped off,” Turner said. “You can’t mention Richmond High School for very long without realizing the accomplishments and accolades coach [John] Cate brought to the program. We’re excited for the opportunity and looking forward to getting to know the people of Richmond.”
Turner is a North graduate who later played baseball at Rose-Hulman and graduated from Indiana State.
“The entire Turner family is extremely excited,” he concluded. “I’ve got another 20 years of coaching in me.”
• Gordon fete reset — At Pittsboro, Jeff Gordon Day, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been rescheduled for July 23 with a parade at noon due to weather in Kentucky and scheduling of a NASCAR test session.
• Hildebrand wins Open — At Indianapolis, Timothy Hildebrand won the Indiana Open concluded with a 36-hole round Thursday at Brickyard Crossing.
Hildebrand finished with a 2-under-par 272 score, shooting 67 in the third round, holding off former Purdue and South Knox player Adam Schenk who finished with a 67 to card 274.
Hildebrand was a member of the Westfield team that won the IHSAA state title; he tied for third in the individual totals.
Thomas Goss of Terre Haute made the cut and tied for 62nd with 304. He had rounds of 76, 72, 76 and 80.
Two players who missed the cut at 152 were Clayton French of Linton and Alec Davis of Greencastle. Adam LaGrange of Terre Haute finished with 160.
Indiana Open results
272 — Timothy Hildebrand.
274 — Adam Schenk.
278 — Eric Steger.
279 — Seth Fair.
281 — Dylan Meyer.
• Ace posted — At the Bicknell Country Club, Idle Creek member Dick Wible shot his fourth career hole-in-one Monday, using a 9-iron on the par-3 17th hole.
Witnesses were Mike Steele and Mike Early.
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