GREENFIELD — The Greenfield-Central school board approved Kim Wildman as the Cougars’ new varsity volleyball coach Monday and named Scott Burton to the girls cross country coach position.
Burton has been involved with Greenfield-Central athletics for many years, most recently as the boys track and field head coach, a position which he will continue to hold. He’s taking over the girls cross country team for Jillian Lee, who stepped down for personal reasons, according to G-C athletic director Kevin Horrigan.
Greg Arnold (boys cross country) and Jan Hacker (girls track and field) will maintain those coaching positions at G-C.
Wildman is new to the Cougars. She replaces Rita Rouse, whose contract was not renewed after three seasons at the helm.
A club coach with Team Indiana, Wildman was head coach at Indianapolis Ritter for eight seasons. She was the 2007 and 2010 City Coach of the Year and the 2009 2A South Coach of the Year. In her last season of 2011, the Raiders went 27-9, won a second straight Indiana Crossroads Conference championship and captured the school’s first ever regional title.
Last season, Wildman, a lay coach, was an assistant at Brebeuf for Brian Murphy.
“I left Ritter because I had changed jobs and the time commitment was just too much at the time to be a head coach, plus the drive,” she said. “I wasn’t planning on coaching, and then last July got the offer from Brian to join his staff as an assistant.”
Murphy stepped down as Brebeuf coach after this season.
“Brian resigned to focus on the Team Indiana volleyball club, since he is the owner, and logistically it just didn’t make sense for me to be there (at Brebeuf),” Wildman said.
Wildman attended Warren Central and played basketball and volleyball. She went on to get a B.S. in Exercise Science from IUPUI.
Her predecessor, Rouse, led the Cougars to a 24-12 record this season, which included a Hancock County Tournament championship. The Cougars went 13-21 in 2011 and 17-14 in Rouse’s first season in 2010. Previously, Rouse went 283-124 in 11 seasons at Morristown.
Rouse’s contract was not renewed by the school board in November.
“The board decided to move in a new direction with our volleyball program, with a new coach,” Horrigan said.
The Cougars fell to state powerhouse New Castle in their 4A sectional championship this season.
“New Castle is obviously a strong volleyball program,” Wildman said. “I am used to be in strong, competitive sectionals at both Ritter and Brebeuf. I hope to continue to close the gap between Greenfield and New Castle.”