JEFFERSONVILLE — Sherron Wilkerson is coming home.
The former Jeffersonville star, who helped the Red Devils to their lone state championship in 1993, was officially approved as the new boys’ head coach at his alma mater during a school board meeting Tuesday night.
Wilkerson is 39-76 in five seasons as a head coach. He went 3-19 at Logansport this past season, his first as the bench boss there.
Wilkerson’s first head coaching job was at Indianapolis Herron, where he went 2-16 in 2009-10. He later returned to Jeff, where he assisted Joe Luce. In 2018 he left to take over the program at Shawe Memorial. Wilkerson went 4-19 in one season with the Hilltoppers before heading to Madison. He had a successful two-year stint with the Cubs, going 30-22, before venturing up to Logansport this past season.
Wilkerson was a star player for the Red Devils in the early 1990s. He had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in Jeff’s 66-61 win over Ben Davis in the 1993 state championship game. He was a McDonald’s All-American that year.
After graduation he attended Indiana University, where he played for legendary coach Bob Knight. Wilkerson was with the Hoosiers for 2 1/2 seasons before being dismissed from the team. He finished his career at Rio Grande (Ohio), where he starred. After that he went on to play professionally, mostly overseas, before returning to Indiana and taking up coach.
In other Jeff coaching news, Missy Voyles has resigned after two seasons as the girls’ bench boss.
“Physically I have no choice,” she said Tuesday night.
Voyles underwent back surgery four months before taking the Jeff job in 2020, then had her knee scoped this past September.
“I feel like I’m aging my joints in dog years,” she joked.
The Red Devils went 16-20 over the past two seasons, including 10-8 in 2021-22.
“This is an exceptionally fun group of kids to coach, I absolutely adore them,” Voyles said. “But I’m old, I’m broken and I don’t really want (to resign), but I feel like I have to do it, if not I’ll have to have knee replacement surgery before I’m 60. ”
Prior to Jeff, Voyles had two successful stints as the head coach at North Harrison, where she guided the Lady Cats to four sectional titles, three regional crowns and back-to-back appearances in the Class 3A state championship game.
SNODGRASS HIRED AS NEW WASH BOYS’ COACH
Blake Snodgrass, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Jeff, was also approved as the new boys’ coach at New Washington on Tuesday evening.
“Congrats to a great former assistant and now HEAD COACH Blake Snodgrass. He has a passion for basketball and helping boys become men! Excited for his future,” former Jeff head coach Andrew Grantz tweeted.
Coaching is in Snodgrass’s blood.
“It all comes natural,” the 37-year-old, who spent three seasons at Fishers before heading to Jeff, said Tuesday night.
His father, Rick, is a long-time head coach in the state (with stops at Twin Lakes, Danville, North Harrison, Portage and LaCrosse). Meanwhile his brother Brandon recently completed his second season as the bench boss at Rising Sun.
Ironically, New Washington and Rising Sun will play in the same sectional for the next two seasons after the IHSAA’s recent realignment.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Snodgrass said. “I’m sure it’s going to be nerve-wracking for our mother, she’s already mentioned that.”
He takes over for Kyle Brown, who went 15-33 in his two seasons as the Mustangs’ bench boss. New Wash is slated to return most of its key players from last season, including junior standout Matthew Arthur.
“I’ve got a ready-made team to win,” Snodgrass said.