Johnstown Independent

Boys Basketball

Wheeler won't return as Northridge coach


John Wheeler said his contract was not renewed after four seasons as Northridge High School boys basketball coach.

“I’m not being brought back,” Wheeler said. “They said they wanted to take the program in a different direction.”

The Vikings finished 9-12 overall last season, losing to Ready 51-32 in the opening round of the Division III district tournament. They finished fifth (6-8) in the MBC behind champion Loudonville (13-1).

“We wish John Wheeler the best in his endeavors and thank him for his services in his four years with the program,” athletics director Wayne Howard said. “John’s a good coach and he put his heart and soul into coaching.

“Being a coach here is tough because you have to be a coach and a fundraiser and that makes it difficult. If someone would ask, I would give him a high recommendation. It broke my heart to let him go, but I have to manage this like a business.”

Wheeler had a 35-50 record at Northridge.

“I didn’t want to leave, but certainly wish the boys and the program best,” Wheeler said. “Some of the best people I’ve ever met are here at Northridge, and I will miss those people.”