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April 15, 2014

Cusick is Lady Kats' new coach

She was a star player at KHS, Miami of Ohio

Heather Cusick is enjoying a pretty good month.

Kokomo High School on Monday selected Cusick as its new girls basketball coach. Three days earlier, she became engaged to Michael Mygrant.

“A lot of great things falling into place right now,” she said with a smile.

Cusick replaces Jason Snyder as the Lady Kats’ coach. Snyder stepped down following the season. He had a 101-68 record in eight seasons. He remains the school’s athletic director.

Cusick ranks as one of the best players in Howard County history. She played two seasons at Taylor and two at Kokomo, scoring 1,391 career points. She was a 1999 Indiana All-Star. She continued her career at Miami of Ohio where she was the 2002 Mid-American Conference player of the year. She closed her college career with 1,728 points, which was No. 1 in school history at the time and now is No. 3.

Miami retired Cusick’s jersey number in 2003. She entered the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and Miami’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

Now, Cusick is ready for the challenge of coaching. She takes over a program that has won three state championships (1992, 1993, 2003).

“It’s an amazing opportunity to continue Kokomo basketball’s storied tradition,” Cusick said after Monday’s board meeting. “To be a part of it as a player and now also as a coach, I’m just thrilled. I couldn’t be more happy with the position I’m in, with the great support from the community as well as the school, the administration, the board and the staff.”

Following her career at Miami, Cusick played professionally in the Netherlands for one season. She served as Ball State’s director of women’s basketball operations in 2004-05 and served in the same position at Nevada from 2009-13. While at Nevada, she earned a master’s degree in counseling and educational psychology.

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