OTTUMWA -- Indian Hills Community College head basketball coach Hank Plona has filled a position on his staff by adding Zach Carpenter, formerly an assistant at John A. Logan College in Illinois, a move Plona referred to as a "home run hire."Carpenter will take the spot vacated when Josh Sash left IHCC last month to become an assistant coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
At John A. Logan, the newest member of the Indian Hills staff spent the past six seasons helping the Volunteers compile a record of 132-60.
Carpenter is a native of Cleveland, Tenn., and graduated from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, where he played basketball for four years. After college, he competed for a professional team in Denmark for one season.
He previously worked as the director of basketball operations at Tennessee Tech University for two years, and was an assistant coach at Louisburg College in North Carolina and Wabash Valley College in Illinois.
The IHCC head coach said Sash's move up in the coaching ranks created a big hole and he was excited to fill that void with Carpenter, whom Plona described as "one of the most established and successful assistants in all of junior college."
Plona had this to say about the addition of the newest member of the Indian Hills basketball program: "Zach is not only a great coach and recruiter, but he is one of the best people I have run across in this business. We are very fortunate that he has decided to join us. He is a great fit in the community, with our kids, and he will help our program in many different ways as we try to maintain our success and stay focused on our goal of bringing a national championship back to the Hellyer Center."