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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:00 am

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Kreiger to receive Sweet Award

Former Columbia City and Canterbury girls basketball coach Wayne Kreiger will be awarded the Virgil Sweet Award at the 2018 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Clinic on Friday at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. 

Virgil Sweet Awards are presented to those who have provided meritorious service in the promotion of basketball across Indiana. The award is named in honor of Sweet, the former Valparaiso High School basketball coach and former executive director of the IBCA.

The two other recipients are Terry Downham of Kokomo and former Franklin Community girls coach Walt Raines.

Kreiger compiled a 588-233 record as a varsity girls basketball coach, leading the Cavaliers to the 2013 Class A state championship and amassing three state runner-up finishes (one at Columbia City, two at Canterbury). He remains the state's fifth all-time winningest coach for girls basketball.

In 33 seasons from 1977 to 2010 as the girls coach at Columbia City, Kreiger's teams went 520-222 with 16 sectional titles, eight regional crowns, one semistate trophy and claimed Class 3A state runner-up honors in 2000. He later coached three seasons at Canterbury, 2012-15, guiding the Cavs to a 68-11 mark that included the aforementioned state crown plus Class 2A state runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015.

Kreiger is a 1960 graduate of Huntington Township High School, where he competed in basketball, baseball and track. He went on to Manchester College, competing in basketball there, and received a master's degree from Ball State in 1968.

Kreiger was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

– Journal Gazette