Bedford North Lawrence Football


FOOTBALL: BNL hires Weber as football coach

Steve Weber

Steve Weber

Former Linton coach making move

from Class A power to take over Stars

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence ended its extended search for a new football coach with the hiring of Linton’s Steve Weber on Thursday night.

Weber coached the Miners for 13 seasons and compiled a sparkling 128-29 record with six sectional and four regional championships in Class A. He succeeds Bret Szabo, who resigned in February to take over the program at Evansville North.

Weber is the eighth coach in BNL history, following Gil Fey, Terry Willoughby, Marc Anderson, Dave Conrad, Randy Johnson, Jeff Callahan and Szabo, who recorded the most wins in program history (62) and won the school’s only sectional title in 2011.

BNL had seven winning seasons during Szabo’s tenure. The Stars finished 5-6 in 2012, while Weber was guiding Linton through a 13-1 campaign.

“I’m ready to roll,” Weber said. “They’ve had a good solid run under Coach Szabo. They’ve built the program up and have maintained that. That impressed me. They’ve played tough competition and done well. And there are some really good people here.”

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FOOTBALL: BNL moved to 5-A Sectional 15

BNL in four-team

tourney with North,

South, Martinsville

By Justin Sokeland

Bedford North Lawrence will compete with Bloomington South, Bloomington North and Martinsville in the newly-constructed Class 5-A Sectional 15.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced its sectional realignment for the next two seasons, and the Stars  – who are still seeking a new coach following Bret Szabo’s departure after 10 seasons and move to Evansville North – were displaced from the southern sectional with their Hoosier Hills Conference rivals to the new sectional.

“We kind of expected to get moved,” BNL athletic director Jeff Callahan said. “From a travel standpoint, it’s definitely a much better fit. We won’t have to go 1 1/2 hours or more for a sectional game. But it’s definitely much tougher competition. I see some natural rivalries, and it could be a positive thing.”

The sectional was reformatted because of the addition of Class 6-A. Former Sectional 8 contenders Jeffersonville and New Albany were moved up to the new upper class and will face Center Grove and Columbus North in Sectional 8.

Floyd Central and Jennings County, two other former sectional opponents, were placed in Class 5-A Sectional 14 with Franklin and Whiteland.

BNL has won only one sectional title (2011) in school history.

IHSAA football realignment



FOOTBALL: Millikan new football assistant at Ev. North

By Justin Sokeland

Former Bedford North Lawrence football coach Bret Szabo is taking one of his assistants with him to Evansville North.

Tim Millikan is now listed as the new offensive coordinator (as well as the offensive line coach and defensive ends coach) at Evansville North, which hired Szabo away from BNL after 10 seasons, on the school’s football website.

Millikan is the father of junior quarterback Jesse Millikan, who ran for 632 yards and nine TDs on 133 carries, and completed 90 of 168 passes for 1,134 yards and 12 touchdowns with only four interceptions, last year as BNL went 5-6. He could join his father in the move.

“That will be his decision,” said Tim Millikan, who confirmed his hiring at North. “That’s a big decision to make. There is certainly that opportunity if he wants it.”

Szabo posted a 62-44 record at BNL. He guided the Stars to the only sectional championship in school history in 2011 and a share of the HHC title in 2006. He will take over at North for Mike Wilson, who was 55-61 in 11 seasons with the Huskies.

The new BNL coach is expected to be hired in April.

Millikan also played basketball for the Stars and finished the season as a starter, averaging 3.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.



FOOTBALL: Szabo leaving BNL for Evansville North

Bret Szabo

By Justin Sokeland

Bret Szabo, who turned Bedford North Lawrence football into a yearly contender in the Hoosier Hills Conference, has been named the new head coach at Evansville North.

Szabo coached the Stars for 10 seasons and posted a 62-44 record. He guided the Stars to the only sectional championship in school history in 2011 and a share of the HHC title in 2006.

“It’s a great opportunity, one that’s best for my family,” Szabo said. “There were a lot of pull factors (Szabo came to BNL from Evansville Harrison) and no push factors. I love BNL, love the staff, and the community has been nothing but awesome to me. I’m leaving with a heavy heart.”

BNL had seven winning seasons during his tenure. The Stars finished 5-6 in 2012.

Szabo said the sectional and conference titles were high on his list of memories, but the work ethic that led to BNL’s turnaround was the proudest accomplishment he will take with him.

“The thing that I will take away is how the kids responded,” Szabo said. “They embraced BNL football. My best days were those Wednesdays in February, when I saw how hard those kids worked in the weight room. The biggest thing is how hard these kids work. It was never about me, it was about them. We changed the culture.”

Szabo will take over at North for Mike Wilson, who was 55-61 in 11 seasons with the Huskies.

“Everything had to be perfect for me to leave, and everything has been,” Szabo said. “There’s a lot of growth potential. It’s a great opportunity, including the chance to teach physical education and work closer with the athletes. So it’s just something that is best for me and my family.”