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Sears first-year athletics director at Indian Creek

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By Larry Goffinet

Sometimes an athletics director is perceived as favoring the sport he was associated with as a player or coach.

But it would be hard for anyone to say that about Indian Creek High School’s first-year athletics director, as he has been associated with nearly every sport.

He’s Nick Sears, a 1996 Tell City graduate.

Sears starred in track at Tell City. He still holds the Marksmen’s school records in the 300-meter low hurdles and 1600 relay and is second on Tell City’s all-time honor roll in the 110 high hurdles and high jump.

He won all four of those events in the Big Eight Conference meet as a senior and was part of the Marksmen’s 1600 relay team that placed eighth in the state his sophomore season.

He went on to run track for Indiana University, where he placed as high as fifth in the Big Ten Conference in the high hurdles race.

But he also starred in football at Tell City. As a senior he rushed for 1,963 yards to set a school single-season record that still stands.

Incredibly, he did that in just his second year playing football. As a freshman and sophomore he was a starter on Tell City’s boys tennis team.

He also starred in wrestling for the Marksmen. When he graduated he held the school record for most career victories. That mark has been broken several times, though—mainly because the team wrestles more matches each season nowadays.

Sears is one of only three Tell City athletes in the last 45 years to make all-conference in three sports in one school year (Dave Schank and Krista Blunk were the other two).

Interestingly, in Sears’ coaching career he did not coach any of the four sports he played in high school.

After graduating from IU in 2000, he coached Perry Central’s boys cross country team for one year.

The Commodores were not quite the Juggernaut they are now, but Sears did guide them to the PLAC title and a berth in the Bedford-North Lawrence regional that year.

Sears later coached boys and girls swimming at Mount Vernon and Vincennes Lincoln. He was still coaching both teams at Vincennes last year while also serving as assistant principal there.

His boys team placed third in the 11-team Jasper sectional last year and won four of the 12 events.

While in high school, Sears also umpired youth baseball and girls softball games in the summer.

So again there aren’t many sports that he hasn’t been associated with.