Long-time Canterbury High School basketball coach Scott Kreiger to step down

Canterbury basketball coach Scott Kreiger gives instructions to his girls team as it works through scrimmage play during a 2009 practice session. (File photo by news-sentinel.com)

Scott Kreiger’s 20-year run as a basketball coach at Canterbury High School included all sorts of family ties. His decision to leave comes from a similar place.

Kreiger and his wife Stacie are moving to Fort Myers, Fla., after this school year to be closer to their four children. Three children – Cassie, Colten and Christian – are already in Florida and their Canterbury senior son Cam is heading to college at Florida Gulf Coast.

Scott Kreiger already has a mathematics teaching job arranged for 2018-19. Believe it or not, he’ll be teaching at Canterbury School in Fort Myers.

“(The move) is a function of family,” Scott Kreiger said. “Our three oldest kids are down there and Cam has decided he’s heading to Florida, so it was something we began to explore this past summer.”

Kreiger was offered the job at the Fort Myers Canterbury in December and submitted his pending resignation to the Fort Wayne Canterbury last weekend.

He told his boys basketball players about his end-of-year resignation Friday so they wouldn’t find out through the grapevine. He also wanted to assure them the decision had nothing to do with basketball.

“My whole Canterbury experience has been amazing,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to leave because it is such a good place.”

Kreiger leaves Canterbury after coaching the boys team for the last six seasons. His boys teams won sectional titles in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and a regional title in 2016. The Cavaliers are 5-11 this season.

Kreiger’s greatest success came during his 14 years as the girls coach. His Canterbury girls teams won four Class A state titles, four semistate titles, six regional titles and 11 sectional titles.

Kreiger’s four state girls titles (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012) tied him for second with Ben Davis’ Stan Benge on the all-time girls state title coaching list. Heritage Christian’s Rick Risinger holds the state record with seven titles.

Kreiger has a 251-88 record as a girls coach and a 68-71 record with the boys.

Kreiger coached his daughter Cassie and sons Christian and Cam. His other son, Colten, served as an assistant coach on Scott’s boys team that won the regional title. Kreiger also coached with his father, Wayne, who was a highly successful girls coach at Columbia City. Wayne later coached with Scott at Canterbury, and took over the girls program after Scott switched to the boys team.

“It dates back to the fact I was a homebody and didn’t want to go away to college,” Kreiger said. “Manchester College was close enough and I joined my dad’s staff and worked my way up and moved to Canterbury. I brought him over and at the same time coached Cassie, which was fantastic. Christian had some great, fun teams. Cam is blazing his own trail. Colten, the only one I didn’t coach, was on my staff for a few years.”

Kreiger calls the move a “positive one” completely tied to he and Stacie’s desire to be close to their children during their “empty nest” phase.

As for coaching basketball, Kreiger doesn’t believe he’s done with that.

“That’s kind of up in the air,” he said. “(Fort Myers) Canterbury would like me to coach, but they don’t currently have a need for a coach, unless I take an assistant role or a middle school coaching job to stay involved. At this point, it’s a teaching job. But coaching will be around there somewhere. I’m afraid I wouldn’t know what to do without it.”