Bishop Dwenger will be in search of a new girls basketball head coach as Cleveland Inge will not return to the bench next season. Outside the Huddle confirmed the news with Inge on Monday afternoon.
“I decided to resign after six years of having a great time coaching at a wonderful school with such outstanding young people. One of my goals while there was always trying to make it better than when I found it, and we clearly did that and it may not always show up in wins and losses but the lives we influence,” Inge told Outside the Huddle.
“Just like any coach that leaves a program, we all know there comes a time when we need to move on and look for other opportunities or just move on and take some time off.”
Inge spent six seasons leading the Saints, compiling a 64-63 record during that time. He exits as the sixth most tenured coach in the Summit Athletic Conference. Inge was unable to capture any titles during his time at Bishop Dwenger and the Saints reached a fifth place finish in the conference in 2015, 2016 and this season. They finished 5-4 in the conference for 2018-2019.
Overall, the Saints won 14 games twice during Inge’s tenure and finished above .500 on four occasions, including this season’s 11-10 mark with a team that featured just on senior. The Saints lost to Concordia in the opening round of Sectionals this season. They were able to pick up quality wins over Snider, Huntington North, Northrop and eventual Sectional champions in Carroll and Bluffton.
“I had my fun and enjoyed myself as I worked with a great Athletic Director and I know I leave behind a team that is returning with a lot of talented players with the ability to go even further with whoever is the coach,” Inge said.
The Saints’ lone senior, Bridgette Black, averaged just 5.4 minutes per game so the vast majority of their team will return next season. Bishop Dwenger’s top five players this season consisted of two juniors (Molly Ream and Carissa Wiegman), two sophomores (Maggie Cheever and Kayliana Hammel) and a freshman (Emma Lyons).
No timeline is known for the search for a replacement for Inge.