Barry Singrey leaves Heritage to take over boys basketball program at Elkhart Central

Barry Singrey

It was announced last week that Heritage boys basketball coach Barry Singrey is headed to Elkhart Central.

Singrey, who played at nearby Wawasee High School, led the Patriots to 34 wins in three years, including a 16-5 record this past season. It was the first winning campaign for Heritage since the team went 14-9 in 2008-09 and the most wins in a single season since Coach Gary Merrell and the Patriots won 16 games in 1998-99.

Heritage shared the 2016-17 ACAC regular-season championship with Woodlan.

“Thank you Heritage for three amazing years,” said Singrey in a tweet. “I was fortunate to coach many great young men while working alongside many great people. I will always be grateful for my first head coaching opportunity and all of the experience gained. Thanks for all the good times and great memories!”

Singrey takes over at Elkhart Central for the departed Terry Smith, who resigned after two seasons with the Blue Blazers.

Elkhart Central has not won a postseason championship of any kind since 2003 but has had some recent on-court success. In Smith’s first year, the Blue Blazers won 20 games before falling to Warsaw in sectional play.

Heritage lost two of its standout players to graduation in Abram Beard (First Team All-ACAC) and LaMar Hudson Jr. (Second Team All-ACAC), but there are some solid building blocks returning. Senior Alec Burton was Second Team All-ACAC last season, while juniors Jarrett Kiess and Parker Tracey showed promise as sophomores.

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