By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Matt Seifers, who guided Bedford North Lawrence for three seasons, has resigned as the head coach of the Stars.
Seifers posted a 36-35 overall record at BNL. He went 9-16 in 2016-17, then rebounded with winning seasons the last two years, going 14-9 and 13-10. The Stars went 0-3 in three postseason games, falling to eventual sectional champion Jeffersonville 75-54 to end the 2018-19 campaign.
He also previously coached the Mitchell boys (going 1-20 in 2012) and the Southport girls (going 19-28 in two seasons) programs. He cited personal reasons for his resignation, which he tendered on Wednesday afternoon, but refused further comment.
His decision was not a surprise. Following BNL’s sectional loss, he shouldered the blame. “I was not a good basketball coach this season,” Seifers said that night. “If I was the school board, I probably wouldn’t have me back as head coach.”
Seifers was the eighth coach in BNL program history, following in the footsteps of Bob Masterson (1974-76), Mike Sorrell (1976-1981), Dan Bush (1981-1993), Mark Mathews (1993-1996), Mark Ryan (1996-2005), Damon Bailey (2005-2007) and Jamie Hudson (2007-2016).
BNL athletic director Jeff Callahan must now start the search for a successor. He will be looking for someone to restore some glory, since the Stars have not won a sectional championship since 2001.
In addition to a new coach, the program also lost six seniors (including three starters) from last season. The Stars will return leading scorer Brayton Bailey and center Cale Bunch.