Former University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Kevin Kuwik will be the next Wayne High School boys basketball coach. Wayne athletic director Jay Minton confirmed that Kuwik is expected to approved by the school board during their Wednesday night meeting.
It’ll be the first high school position for Kuwik in 18 years of coaching, all at the collegiate level. He joined Archie Miller’s staff at UD as an assistant in 2011 and quickly established himself as a top recruiter. He was a frequent visitor to Wayne games the last several seasons and was instrumental in landing former Warriors standouts and current Flyers teammates Xeyrius Williams in 2015 and Trey Landers in ’16.
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Minton said Kuwik was “highly recommended” by former Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller and Thad Matta, who this month resigned as Ohio State’s coach. Kuwik was an assistant at Butler when Matta was the Bulldogs’ head coach.
Kuwik will succeed Travis Trice, who surprisingly resigned as Wayne’s coach this spring to take over the Warriors girls basketball program. With Trice as coach the last 10 seasons, Wayne vaulted to the top of the area boys Division I programs and won a state championship in 2015, the program’s first. Trice coached three sons at Wayne. A daughter, junior Olivia Trice, is among several returning standouts among the Warriors girls.
The Wayne girls basketball coaching position opened when Sonya Miller resigned on March 30. In January, Miller was reprimanded by the district for allowing her husband Robert Miller to help coach the Warriors. The state board of education had permanently denied Robert Miller a required pupil activity permit in 2016.
Kuwik did not join Indiana’s new staff after Miller accepted the Hoosiers’ post on March 16 following the firing of Tom Crean after nine seasons. However, former Flyers assistant Tom Ostrom landed at Indiana as the associate head coach. Ben Sander, a graduate assistant the last two seasons at UD, also was retained on Miller’s new Hoosiers staff as the team and recruitment analyst.
Former Flyer Anthony Grant (1983-87) was named to succeed Miller as the Flyers’ head coach.
A New York native, Kuwik served 10 years in the U.S. Army as his coaching career evolved. Serving with the 113th Engineer Battalion of the Indiana National Guard while an assistant coach at Butler, he took an 18-month leave of absence in 2004-05 to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom and earned a Bronze Star (the Army’s highest award) for service in Iraq.
Besides Butler and UD, Kuwik, 39, also was an assistant at Ohio University, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) and Saint Michael’s (Vermont) and a student assistant at Notre Dame.
Wayne was 15-9 overall last season and 7-5 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East. The season before undefeated Wayne was ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press state D-I poll but was upset in a district final, finishing 25-1.