SOUTH WHITLEY – Roger Fleetwood has been named the ninth man to lead the Whitko High School boys basketball team, replacing Scott Wessel.
Whitko made the announcement on its athletics website Wednesday afternoon.
The hire returns Fleetwood, who has 490 career wins, to the area and the Three Rivers Conference.
His 36-year coaching career began at Tippecanoe Valley, where, as a rookie coach, he led the Vikings to a 10-14 record in 1978-79 and the school's first sectional title.
Fleetwood coached Valley the following season, going 12-10, before he went on to coach in Florida.
Returning to Indiana to coach at Southmont in 1993-94, he won a sectional title in his first season there and stayed for six seasons before moving south once again to coach at South Gwinnett, a school just outside of Atlanta.
Coaching current Toronto Raptors guard Louis Williams, Fleetwood's South Gwinnett Comets won the 2004 Class 5A Georgia state championship, earning him Metro Atlanta Coach of the Year and getting his team ranked second nationally in USA Today.
Stating to reporters that he wanted to return to Indiana to be closer to his family following the 2005-06 season, Fleetwood picked up the head coaching job at Perry Meridian, going 11-11 in 2006-07.
After one year in Indianapolis, Fleetwood moved on to coach at Brown County, where he stayed seven seasons, going 53-92, including 3-15 last season.
Despite his teams going 9-31 the past two seasons, he's coming to Whitko with the job of turning around an inexperienced team that went 7-36 under Wessel, including 1-20 in his final season.