PAXTON — Scot Vogel resigned as boys’ basketball head coach at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School to accept a position as athletic director for the Hoopeston Area School District.
Vogel leaves the Panthers after eight years as their head coach, during which he posted a 172-64 record and won four regional championships — including one in a 2010-11 season in which PBL won a school-record 29 games — and four Sangamon Valley Conference championships.
Vogel — who graduated from Hoopeston Area in 1995 — also is resigning from his position as the junior high school’s social studies teacher effective at the end of the school year. Both resignations were accepted at Wednesday’s school board meeting.
“It will be tough following Scot. Obviously, he was very successful,” said John Overstreet, PBL’s athletic director. “Two of my three sons played for him, and he did a great job. He loved basketball. It was just a professional move for him to move up into administration, and he got a chance. I think he’s got a great opportunity over in Hoopeston.”
Adam Schonauer takes over the PBL coaching reins. He was the junior varsity coach last season, leading the Panthers to an 18-2 record.
“He’s been an assistant here for several years. He’s very deserving, and he’s going to do a great job in keeping the program going in the direction we want it to go. Adam was right there with (Scot) and knows the program, knows the kids,” Overstreet said. “We won’t have a huge transition with Adam, whereas we might have if we went outside the district. Adam will make changes, no doubt. He’ll bring his style, but as far as the students, I think it was a very good hire because they know and respect him. We should be pretty good with him.”
Vogel was Milford’s head coach for one year prior to his stint with the Panthers. His Bearcats went 19-9 that season.
Vogel was approved for a position as athletic director as well as the dean of students at Hoopeston Area Middle School, according to HAHS Principal Larry Maynard, at the March school board meeting.
He will not coach the boys’ basketball team. That position remains in Matt Colston’s hands.
“Hopefully, he’ll take a lot of his success and the principles that he has used as a teacher and a coach that have made him successful and use that to lead in our district,” Maynard said. “We’re very, very excited to have him. We’re glad that he applied and excited to have him coming to our district. We just felt like he was the perfect fit for the needs that we had at the new positions. We think he’s going to do a great job of leading for us in those areas.”
The dean of students position is being added by the Hoopeston Area School District. The school’s current athletic director, Kevin Root, is transferring into a new position overseeing the school’s website.