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Warren Central boys hoops coaching saga finally ends with former assistant Garrett Winegar landing the gig

By: Scott Burnstein, June 4, 2019, 8:30 pm

The Warren Central boys basketball coaching-hire saga has finally come to a conclusion.

Warriors assistant Garrett Winegar got the nod over the weekend to replace Kristoff Kendrick, who had the job for less than a month before bolting for a college assistant gig at Bradley. Kendrick (former WC asst. and head coach at Indianapolis Howe the last two years) replaced Criss Beyers, who left following this past season to go rebuild the Franklin Central program. Beyers led Warren Central to a Class 4A state championship in 2018.

Winegar, an assistant for Beyers for three years, was on the bench for the Warriors run to the crown. Like Beyers, the 27-year old Winegar was mentored in the coaching profession by Bloomington South’s J.R. Holmes, the IHSAA’s all-time leader in victories.

In the offseason, Winegar works with the Indiana Elite AAU organization. He prepped in Fulton County (Rochester) and attended Indiana University in Bloomington for college, graduating in 2013.

Warren Central (21-3 this year) loses the bulk of its roster to graduation. The Warriors will return an intriguing Class of 2021 wing in Malik Stanley and guards Elijah Ray and Elisha Murray.