It was a bonus that Coomer lived in the district and had already watched a lot of the Eastern squad’s games, including the Comets’ run to the Class 2A state final game.
“I was familiar with quite a few of the players,” Coomer said. “Even coaching at Lapel, I’d assume that me and my wife went to at least half the Eastern games last year, and obviously through the tournament, so I was pretty familiar. I saw every game of the tournament.”
Coomer has a style of play in mind though he doesn’t know that he can implement it immediately.
“I’d like to play a more uptempo style, pressure-style of defense,” Coomer said. “I’m not sure that we’ll be able to do that from the start, but that’s my goal. Half the kids we have are freshmen, so they’re still learning what they need to be doing.”
The new coach is grateful to Wilson, superintendent Tracy Caddell and principal Keith Richie for the chance to be a head coach. This was the first year he’d looked for an opening.
“[I’m] extremely excited,” he said. “I’d like to thank Dr. Caddell and Mr. Wilson, Dr. Richie for giving me the chance to have a head coaching job in Indiana. I feel blessed to have one and feel really excited to get going.”
Coomer replaces Jeremy Dexter, who went 75-35 in five seasons leading Eastern’s girls program. The Comets went 22-4 in the 2012-13 campaign, falling 62-42 to Evansville Mater Dei in the IHSAA Class 2A championship game. Dexter announced following the school year that he had accepted the athletic director’s position at Churubusco High School.