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April 23, 2013

Shelby lands Hott coaching prospect

Shelbyville basketall has landed a Hott prospect for their next head coach, Stu Hott.

Like their last coach, Mike Steers, Hott has connections to former successful coaches at Shelbyville. Hott's wife, Carole (Hulick) Hott, is a native of Shelbyville.

Hott taught at Shelbyville and coached at Shelbyville under Jim Egan. Egan took the Rams to two regional titles in three years and to State. Hott was also on the committee to hire Sean Taylor, who led Shelbyville to a state championship.

Hott is a former SHS head baseball coach and JV basketball coach, a head baseball and JV basketball coach at Dieterich, and a head baseball and JV basketball coach at Tri-City. He was a math and P.E. instructor, as well as a coach at all three districts and was the Shelbyville Moulton Middle School principal for three years, before becoming the Sullivan High School principal from 1994-2011.

Most recently Hott, retired as the principal at Sullivan High School, was the coach for the Shelbyville Moulton 7th grade basketball team. It gave us a glimpse into his style of coaching.

"I was happy doing the 7th grade," Hott said. "I was happy getting kids started right and teaching them fundamentals."

Hott didn't just get the starters on the right track, he got the whole team. He would send in waves of substitutes like a hockey coach who sends in whole line changes. He managed games extremely well and got as many players quality floor time as possible.

Hott is a teacher on the court and excellent administrator of all his assets, not just your run-of-the-mill basketball coach. And, even though he has never held a head coaching position, he knows basketball.

"I'm looking forward to it," Coach Hott said. "I'm excited. The kids are, too. When a coach leaves, the team is in limbo. Now, we know what we can do and we're going forward."

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