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April 7, 2014

Peery resigns as IHCC basketball coach; Wardenburg to take over

OTTUMWA — The life of a basketball coach is one of consistent changes, even for coaches that are part of a program for several years.

When it comes to being a college basketball head coach, however, change also may include moving on to another program.

"That's just what happens in this profession," John Wardenburg said. "There are very few guys that stay in one job for their entire lives. There are very few Mike Krzyzewski's or Dean Smith's out there. That's just how it goes."

After 93 wins, two trips to the national tournament and three years’ worth of indelible memories, Barret Peery has resigned as head basketball coach at Indian Hills Community College, the school announced Monday. Peery is leaving to take a job as an assistant coach at an NCAA Division I program, the identity of which can’t be disclosed until later this week.

Wardenburg, Peery’s assistant for the past three seasons and his former high school basketball coach, has been tabbed to replace him as head coach of the Warriors, a job he says he’s thrilled about.

“I appreciate the trust that Dr. Sprouse, Dean of Students Chris Bowser, and Athletic Director Mike Hagen have shown in me,” Wardenburg said. "They've expressed tremendous appreciation for the work our staff has done the past three years by naming me the head coach. I am excited to build on what we have built here over the last three years.”

IHCC President Dr. Marlene Sprouse said she is excited to have Wardenburg take the reins of the program.

“Coach Wardenburg has been an integral part of the program’s growth during the three years coach Peery was at the helm. During a game, you would often see them conferring and strategizing,” Sprouse said. “John loves our students, our program, our college and our community.”

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