FORT WAYNE – Bishop Luers named Mark Pixley as its new girls basketball coach Friday.
Pixley was the junior varsity boys coach last two seasons at Luers.
They talk about Luers Spirit, and you really get that when you start coaching there, Pixley said by phone Friday. You just feel that vibe, and it is something I wanted to be a part of.
Pixley was the head boys basketball coach for two seasons at Eastside from 2010-12, going 6-35 with the Blazers.
He was also the girls basketball coach for three seasons in Carlsbad, California, from 2004-07, going 57-32 and being named Coach of the Year in 2005.
He also was head boys coach in Carlsbad, as well as a boys assistant at Carroll and Garrett.
I don’t think there is a difference, Pixley said of coaching boys and girls. When you are coaching, you are coaching basketball. I don’t see a difference when you are out there on the practice floor and involved in the game.
Pixley replaces Denny Renier, who stepped down in February after five seasons as head coach and 27 years overall in program. He posted a 93-33 record.
We are excited to have Mark take over the girls basketball program at Bishop Luers, Luers athletic director Jim Huth said. He did a great job with our boys basketball JV team, and he has a solid girls basketball record at Carlsbad. Mark understands what it takes to coach in a private parochial school and importance of coaching that goes far beyond basketball.
The Knights went to three straight Class 2A state title games in 2010, 2011 and 2012, winning the 2011 championship. The program has a state-best six state championships.
I want to continue the tradition they have, Pixley said. It’s a great job because everything is in place, and you just have to put your own twist to it and what you think will improve it more. The biggest thing I want to do is be the best defensive team and best rebounding team and that outhustles your opponent every game. Those little things keep adding up.