Howard County schools hired three varsity head coaches last week in the sports of basketball and football.

At Indiana University Kokomo, Nicole “Colie” Trawick was named the new women’s basketball coach. Trawick is currently the head coach at Massasoit Community College. The Willingboro, N.J., native previously ran the program at NCAA Division III College of Saint Elizabeth. 

Western High School named a pair of coaches in football and boys basketball, with the biggest shock coming on the gridiron. Western Athletic Director Josh Larsh announced that current Northwestern head coach Alex Stewart will move across the county and take the helm of the Panthers in a move that will surely spark an already fierce Hoosier Conference rivalry.

Stewart coached two seasons at Northwestern, compiling a 10-10 record. Last season, the Tigers started the campaign 5-0 before injuries slowed the team’s progress. Stewart was 0-2 in sectional play with both losses coming to Class 3A powerhouse Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. He previously had coached at Richmond as the line coach. Stewart takes over for Ron Jankovich, who departed for a coaching position in Georgia.

Larsh also announced that current Greenfield-Central head coach Michael Lewis will take over the boys basketball program. During his seven-year career, Lewis has an overall record of 99-66 with one sectional championship while coaching at Delphi. He will take over for Bart Miller, who stepped down last month.

Lewis is a two-time Lafayette Journal and Courier Coach of the Year and earned the same award in Hancock County. 

Last season, the Cougars were 12-13 but were 20-5 in 2015-16. Lewis led Greenfield-Central to a 42-33 record in three seasons. He also spent four years at Delphi High School (47-33). Lewis will teach in the math department.