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Kreigers reuniting at Canterbury

Although the plan was hatched recently, but the genesis of it started earlier.

Scott Kreiger and Wayne Kregier are pretty close when it comes to a father/son relationship and had worked together for 14 years as Scott being an assistant coach at Columbia City under Wayne.

The two reunited Wednesday at Canterbury by changing roles, with Scott as the head coach and Wayne as the assistant.

Wayne resigned Wednesday as the head coach at Columbia City after 33 years and 520 wins to join Scott's staff.

Wayne, who entered the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, is 520-222 in 33 years with the Eagles.

"It was during my time in his program that I found out where we could blend our talents," said Scott, who is 204-83 in 13 years at Canterbury. "He is an excellent defensive and shooting coach. He plugs in immediately there, but on top of that, he is very familiar with my style and my expectations. And he has the wisdom and the game experience. You don't accidentally get into the Hall of Fame. Just to have that resource available is going to be incredible for all of us."

Scott, the coach of three-time defending Class A state champion Canterbury, needed a couple of assistant coaches and asked Wayne for suggestions.

When the summer league program in Huntington began, Scott broached the idea about Wayne being one of those assistant coaches.

He let his father mull the idea over the summer, and Wayne decided last Friday to accept his son's offer to join the staff. He met with Scott and Canterbury athletic director Ken Harkenrider to iron out his duties as coach and director of basketball operations.

There was even some discussion at the graduation of Cassie Kreiger, a four-year player for the Cavs and Scott's daughter and Wayne's granddaughter.

Wayne's resignation at Columbia City won't be official until Monday when the school boards acts upon it, and then the job will be posted.

Wayne will remain as the school's business department chairman.

"When I told my assistant coaches, they were dumbfounded because we had just met recently and were outlining what we wanted to do in the fall and getting our open gyms started," Wayne said of leaving Columbia City after three-plus decades. "It was not anything that was planned in advance until the last couple of weeks."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.

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