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SUDDEN DEPARTURES: Bomholt & Bowling leave bench before tourney time

By: , February 27, 2020, 11:16 am

As state tournament time approaches in Hoosierland, a pair of boys basketball coaches suddenly left their posts last week.

Jerry Bomholt at Southwestern (Hanover) and Donnie Bowling at Indianapolis Manual are no longer in their jobs. Bowling tendered his resignation last Thursday. 

Bomholt told the Madison Courier last Wednesday that he was forced out of his position by his players after two stints on the Rebels bench. In his first tenure at the school, he led Southwestern to the state finals in 1998. He’s taken the Rebels to the last two sectional championships (he’s captured seven total in 24 years) and is one win away from 550 victories for his career. Southwestern is 14-7 this winter. Bomholt previously coached at Princeton, Franklin and Shawe Memorial.

Last season, Southwestern was ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 2A. Bomholt’s assistant, Zac Nussbaum has been named interim coach for the Rebels with two regular season games left on the schedule.

Bowling was in his fifth year pacing the sidelines at Manual. He coached three years at Shortridge before grabbing the reins at Manual in 2016. When he was a player, he won a state title at Kokomo and suited up in college for Chaminade in Hawaii. Manual is 7-12 this year.