Saturday, February 1, 2014

the coach's son

Rob Moorhead understands what basketball can mean, understands the important place a school occupies in a small town.  He learned those lessons from his parents Gus & Mary Margaret, who went to a small school, married and became educators for the rest of their lives.  Never having met Gus, I have a feeling that much of what shaped him and helped him teach came from the hardwood courts of his youth.  Coached by Madison's Ray Eddy, Gus would go on to play at Hanover College before moving to Versailles to coach the Lions, and after consolidation, the Raiders.  His teams won multiple Sectional,  County and Conference championships, but the most special may have been the 1981 Regional Title (while he was principal) that would put them in the Sweet Sixteen.  You see,  Rob was on that team. Gus would win 253 games at Versailles & South Ripley and be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.  He would serve as the school's principal for 23 years, while his wife worked as teacher, sponsor & mentor.  His children (Rob and his three sisters) would become teachers, coaches and principals.  And before he became the principal at South Dearborn High School, Rob took what he had learned from his father back to the court as the Knight's coach. Rob's wife, Lisa, works as the Director of Guidance at SD and his oldest son Brad played ball for the Knights before attending IU.  In 2012, Rob came back to his Alma Mater as Superintendent of Schools and this year his youngest son Trent became a Raider senior and basketball player.  Both coaches sons have returned home. CGS. 

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