FORT WAYNE – From the moment he did it, Tim Reinking knew he had made a mistake but he was a man of his word.
Seven years ago, Reinking stepped aside as the boys basketball coach at Concordia – as he had promised – to allow his assistant, Josh Eggold, to become head coach. And as things would have it, Reinking will return to the top spot of the Cadets’ program, taking over for Eggold.
About six years and 11 months ago, I knew I had made a mistake when I got out, Reinking said.
I didn’t want to get out when I got out but I kept my word. I told Josh at the time I would get out at a certain point, and I had my reasons at that time. As it got closer, I didn’t want to get out, but I kept to my word. I knew I wanted to get back into it.
Reinking has been Eggold’s freshman and junior varsity coach since 2007-08 while also looking for another head coaching position, including one that resulted in an offer that he declined and others where he made it to the final few candidates.
There was never a time where I didn’t want to be in it, Reinking said of being a head coach again.
I feel very humbled because it is very hard to get head coaching positions. Someone told me it is easy to get the reserve job and the freshman job or maybe even the assistant varsity, but to get the varsity job is very difficult. I realize that now, especially after trying to get other jobs. That’s a very true statement.
Reinking was 142-75 in 10 years (1997-2007) coaching the Cadets and won three SAC championships, two sectional championships and a regional title.
He was named the SAC Coach of the Year twice and the District II Coach of the Year by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Eggold stepped down three weeks ago to spend more time with his family. He was 87-70 in seven seasons and went to the 2013 Class 3A state championship game.
There is nobody I could have coached under than Josh, Reinking said.
That’s just how much I admired Josh.
I learned a lot from Josh over the years, from just watching him. I feel like I am a better person and a better coach because of Josh.
I have an overall better picture of the whole program and what it takes and a better appreciation of each level. Josh is such a good diplomat, and I haven’t always been super-diplomatic when it comes to sometimes I was too straight-forward. From that standpoint, I understand I have to be careful with how I phrase things from time to time.