Coach guided Royals to State Finals


Eastern Hancock football coach Pat Echeverria speaks with his players at halftime of a 68-19 win over Shenandoah on Oct. 11, 2013. (Tom Russo photo/Daily Reporter)

Eastern Hancock football coach Pat Echeverria. (Tom Russo photo/Daily Reporter)

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Eastern Hancock High School football team’s run to the State Finals didn’t enthrall only Hancock County fans. It also captured the attention of Zionsville.

Royals head coach Pat Echeverria announced Monday that he has accepted the head coach position at Zionsville, pending the approval of the Zionsville school board next Monday.

Echeverria, a former Pike assistant, was head coach at EH for three seasons. His first team went 3-7, followed by a 6-6 mark in 2012, then this season’s 14-0 start leading to the Class A State Finals, where the Royals lost 20-10 to Tri-Central on Friday.

Before the beginning of the season, Zionsville coach Larry McWhorter announced that 2013 would be his last year with the Eagles. McWhorter, 151-50 in 18 seasons at Zionsville, resigned to take over the brand new Covenant Christian football program in 2014.

Zionsville competes in a Class 5A sectional that includes state power Indianapolis Cathedral. Overall, the Eagles’ schedule was ranked 13th toughest in the state this season by Sagarin.

Echeverria, 35, is looking forward to the challenge.

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