School administrators Shane Osting of New Castle, Stacy Adams of Valparaiso and Tim Grove of South Knox will be will be recognized with special awards for 2020 from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
A 1996 Winchester Community High School graduate who competed in basketball, cross country and track, Osting went on to attend Ball State, earning a bachelor’s degree in 2001 in physical education and health. He later earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Governors University in 2012.
Osting began his coaching career in 1997 while a student at Ball State as a boys’ basketball assistant to Chip Mehaffey at Winchester, serving his alma mater for four seasons and helping guide the Golden Falcons to a Class 2A state runner-up finish in 2000.
He became the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Randolph Southern in 2001, guiding the Rebels for five seasons, becoming the school’s athletic director in 2003-04 and serving as an athletic assistant the next two years. He took over the Randolph Southern girls’ basketball program in 2006, directing the Lady Rebels to an 81-32 record over five seasons that included four Mid-Eastern Conference championships, one Randolph County Tournament crown and one sectional title.
Osting became the Randolph Southern athletic director a second time from 2006 through 2012, supervising 14 sports while hosting county events in basketball and volleyball as well as IHSAA sectionals in girls’ basketball, volleyball and baseball. In addition, he worked with the RSHS Booster Club to create a fall carnival to benefit all of the Rebels’ teams.
He then moved to Blue River Valley High School, serving as athletic director and assistant principal at the Henry County school. He again supervised 14 sports for the Vikings, created a Student Athletic Advisory Council, hosted sectionals in boys’ basketball and volleyball, and hosted conference cross country.
In 2015, Osting became the athletic director at New Castle. There, he has created a Student Athletic Advisory Council and started a Trojan Challenge Program where each sport competes in areas such as community service, academics, attending other sports events and can earn a multi-sport bonus. In addition, he and his staff have hosted sectionals in basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball as well as basketball special events such as the Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic, the Indiana-Kentucky Challenge Cup and a Geico/ESPN Basketball Event.
As someone who has worked in small-school and large-school situations, Osting said that he sees positives in each setting. At the moment, he noted that he really enjoys the large-school environment because of the ability to allow students to compete in more sports and the ability to have more levels of teams on a consistent basis.
Osting, Adams and Grove iwill be honored as Administrators of the Year from the IBCA. Each is being recognized for his support of programs in his school or school corporation. There is one winner from each IHSAA district. Adams is the honoree from District 1. Osting is cited from District 2. Grove is the recipient from District 3.
This is the 13th year that the IBCA has recognized a group of administrators with a set of awards. The awards have been presented annually since 2008. A list of winners from over the years is at the bottom of this announcement.
These awards typically are presented during the IBCA’s annual clinic during April, but this year’s clinic has been postponed from the original April 24-25 dates. The coaches will receive the awards at a date to be determined. For more information about the IBCA, go to www.ibcacoaches.com.