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March 27, 2008

Shuck earns raves for Bulldogs’ title run

Former NW point guard is an assistant with Class 4A champ

Brownsburg basketball coach Josh Kendrick found himself in a pinch before the 2006-07 season. He needed a freshman coach — and he had hopes for a good one because he had a promising group of players.

“Out of nowhere, Rick Shuck e-mailed me and said his son was in the area and he’d like to help out a little bit,” Kendrick recalled.

Craig Shuck, a former Northwestern High School point guard, had moved to Avon and was taking classes at IUPUI.

“I called Craig and asked if he’d like to be our freshman coach. The poor guy had no idea what he was getting into. I stuck him with the team and he was all by himself with 18 guys and parents who can either be your best friends or your worst enemies. And he went 16-4 and won the conference. He did a great job,” Kendrick said.

Kendrick promoted Shuck to junior varsity coach for the 2007-08 season.

“I think he went 12-5 and beat some tremendous teams. But most importantly, he was a varsity assistant,” Kendrick said. “He helped me out with the offense. In every game, I could attribute at least six points to his calls or his suggestions to me.”

The Bulldogs made all the right moves in the Class 4A state tournament. Brownsburg beat Ben Davis, Indianapolis Pike and Decatur Central in the sectional round, North Central and No. 5 Carmel in the regional and No. 1 New Albany in the semistate to reach its first state finals. There, Brownsburg beat No. 8 Marion 40-39 to take the title.

“Obviously, growing up playing basketball, your dream is always to win a state championship. I never got one as a player, but this one is pretty nice,” said Shuck, who was a four-year varsity player and a two-time Kokomo Tribune All-Area player in high school.

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