Western High School’s search for a new football coach is over.
Western on Tuesday named Ron Jankovich its new coach during a board meeting. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Bethel University in Tennessee. He was the Wildcats’ co-offensive coordinator.
Western’s board also approved Sacha Gill as the school’s new volleyball coach.
Jankovich, 29, is an Indiana native. He is a Lake Central High School graduate. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bethel University. He will teach high school physical education at Western.
He replaces Nate Andrews, who stepped down in November to take NorthWood’s football job. Andrews led the Panthers to a 9-2 record in 2013.
Jankovich is eager to return to the Hoosier State. He and his wife, Colleen, have a 14-month-old son, Westin.
“We want to be back closer to family,” he said. “I saw [Western’s job] posting and I thought, ‘This is it. This is where I want to be.’ It’s a perfect situation. It’s not a huge city, but it’s a great, powerhouse school in all aspects. In sports, the girls basketball team just won a state title. The football team, obviously, has done well.
“When you see a program like that, where you don’t have to rebuild, that takes a lot of pressure off. Basically, I just have to pick up from what [Andrews] did. I just get to step in and add my little twist to it and make it our own [program].”
Jankovich’s background in the passing game runs deep — he was a quarterback in high school and in college, and he has been Bethel University’s passing game coordinator and QB coach the past two seasons.
Still, he prefers a familiar brand of football.