The brand new ISU coach Schertz continues to cope with the Indiana State Sports activities transition

One of the first things men’s coach Josh Schertz noticed about living in Terre Haute is something all Hauteans can relate to – the moves.

Schertz temporarily lives in an apartment near one of the busy railway lines in Terre Haute. Let’s just say it can be difficult to sleep, especially if you’re not used to the roaring horns and rumble of steel wheels.

Not that Schertz is resting much anyway. The Tribune star caught up with Schertz on Tuesday and when Schertz grew into his new job, many had already talked about the long hours he consumed and about his almost constant presence in the ISU’s facilities. In-person recruitment is not currently allowed, so it is best if Schertz spends his time in the gym.

“Hopefully this is an anomaly but not the norm, as if it were so. I’ll likely be divorced, but I’ll be here around 7:30 am and then go somewhere between 11 am and 1 am,” said Schertz, who said his wife Natalia had come from Tennessee to help him move but went home after it was discovered that Schertz’s long hours meant he wouldn’t be seen much.

“When I take a job there are a lot of moving parts and a lot of my day is filled with things that are good for the program but things that need to be done. In the evenings, zooms are recruited and movies are watched because we can I’m not going anywhere, “added Schertz.

Duty roster? The ISU has already announced that three of Schertz’s Lincoln Memorial players – Cameron Henry, Xavier Bledson and Simon Wilbar – will switch.



Evansville Courier Before joining ISU: Josh Schertz trains Lincoln Memorial in a quarter-finals of a Division II tournament against the Colorado School of Mines on March 23 at the Ford Center in Evansville.

“These are people we thought would fit in here. I didn’t mean to recruit anyone from LMU, I didn’t think it was fair, but if people could help us and they would reach out to me as something they wanted to do? Me All three wanted to come here, “said Schertz.

“They bring a level of corporate knowledge and how we want to do things. Henry and Bledson were No. 1 and No. 3 in our league in assists. Together they averaged 10 assists per game. Wilbar? We’ll see. He is 6-11 and has the highest cap of any player I’ve had – including Emmanuel Terry who played in the NBA. He has four years to hit that cap. I have faith in who he is and who he is as a person He has fiber and character, “explained Schertz.

Wednesday is the first day of the Division I regular signing period. The ISU is not yet able to comment on any players it would like to sign, but Garys Quimari Peterson and Hoover, Alas, Cameron Crawford have announced on social media that they are coming to ISU. Both are guards.

Schertz stated that among the players on the 2021 roster who were slated to return include Julian Larry, Randy Miller Jr., Kailex Stephens (who missed the 2021 season with an Achilles tear), Nick Hittle and Sam Mervis.

“The two boxes I wanted [returning] Players who had to check to get back to the state of Indiana had to do the shopping and wanted to be part of the culture and vision we have for basketball in the state of Indiana. I told them it was different, not better. They had to agree to that. The second box was that they had to systematically fit into our style of play, “said Schertz.

In addition to Jake LaRavia and Tre Williams, who have already announced their moves to Wake Forest and Duquesne, Cobie Barnes (who announced he is attending John Logan Junior College), Tobias Howard Jr., Cam Bacote, and Jared Hankins will not be returning Ndongo Ndaw. Additionally, Lincoln Hale and Drew Calderon – budding newbies for the 2021-22 season – received their releases.

The only player Schertz didn’t talk about was Cooper Neese, who is on the transfer portal. Neese is currently not on the ISU’s list.

One player on the roster is Tyreke Key, who, despite being a senior in 2021, can play one more season with the amnesty that seniors receive from the NCAA to play another season due to the pandemic .

Key has participated in every ISU training that Schertz has conducted so far. Schertz gives Key his space to clarify his prospects, and the door is wide open for the All-MVC First-Teamer so that he can return to the group at will.

“We give him the space to make a decision, he deserves that right. He’s an incredibly accomplished player and a great kid and already an all-time great at Indiana State. He’s calm. He’s not talkative but incredibly attentive. We He doesn’t give him a deadline or schedule. He’s on every single session and works as hard as any player I’ve coached in 23 years. He’s a great kid and whatever his decision is? We will respect it, “said Schertz.

Schertz showed no ill will towards the players who had not made the decision to stay with the ISU program.

“I chose Indiana State, I made my decision to come here. Neither of those players in the locker room chose me. They didn’t choose to play in my system or my culture, so I have their choice fully and totally respected, “said Schertz.

Schertz is looking for shooters with his three remaining scholarships.

“We need people who will stretch the ground and keep the defense honest. So much of what we do is opening the lane … your distance is your shooting. If your shooting is not respected, the lane will become full. We had elite shots at different positions and it opened the track for drives and cutting, “said Schertz.

Whoever comes up with the numbers, Schertz believes the getting to know part of his transition is crucial. Schertz believes the workouts the sycamore go through give the forum to this.

“It’s the best way to build relationships. The players need to know that you take care of them and that takes time. They need to know that it’s an authentic deal and they need to know that they can trust you and that you are honest with them. ” Being on the pitch helps to communicate that, “said Schertz.

“You need to know that you are competent and that you can help them individually and that the group is realizing its potential together. In today’s world? You don’t walk in the door, hit your first and say ‘I’m the head coach’ and everyone respects and trust you automatically. You have to earn their respect and trust, it’s not a matter of course based on your title. I wanted to build a level of respect and trust among the players who want to be here again, “added Schertz.

Schertz explained some of the challenges in transitioning from Division II to Division I. Recruiting works differently. Department II does not hire as far in advance as Department I. The pandemic also presents challenges. Schertz said he would not normally offer a scholarship unless he saw a player live and visited the campus. -19 has made this an impossibility.

“It’s harder to build relationships and not have shotgun weddings,” Schertz said.

Then there is the composition of Schertz’s employees. Kareem Richardson will be absent from Greg Lansing’s staff, and Switz ’s Matthew Graves was officially announced on April 1st. Schertz values ​​her experience in Division I and spoke of Graves, his first hiring that he did not inherit.

“Matthew brings a tremendous amount of experience and he’s very measured. He’s been through a lot and seen a lot. He worked for one of the best coaches in the world under Brad Stevens. He sat in that chair [at South Alabama]. What if you’re the head coach and become an assistant again? When you have a level of humility and self-esteem? You are a better assistant. Matthew has both and is well connected in Indiana. We want to give Indiana priority in our recruitment, “said Schertz.

Then there is Jake Odum from Terre Haute, who was an unpaid assistant on Lansing’s last staff. Schertz wants Odum back, but it’s not that easy to keep him in the same position.

“We’re working on the logistics for it. We want to keep him, but it’s not as seamless as anyone would think. He’s a phenomenal guy. He’s got a great attitude towards him. He loves the Indiana state. He’s been at every workout with it. ” and I enjoyed getting to know him, “said Schertz.

“There’s a balance in hiring staff. You need to balance your weaknesses and let people fill your gaps, but also have a level of comfort with people you know. Jake is just beginning his coaching journey. Maybe he doesn’t fill some of me will do everything in our power to keep him on the staff. I want to keep him 100% in some capacity, “added Schertz.

Schertz stated that Title IX and fundraising aspects are related to whether Odum stays on board. Schertz should complete his workforce on May 1st.

As soon as Schertz navigates the roster and his employees – the transfer portal makes this task much more difficult than in previous seasons – he intends to participate in selling the program to the community. Schertz said he wanted to meet with the community and say hello, as far as the pandemic allowed. Schertz said he wanted to open the program, including practices, and run a program that was transparent.

• • Schertz compensation – The ISU forwarded the memorandum of understanding to the Tribune star regarding Schertz’s coaching contract on a request for recordings.

Schertz receives a total of $ 300,000 per year, including media payments and retention fees. His contract is a five-year contract that runs until the end of the 2026 season.

The buyout clause in the event that Schertz leaves before the contract expires is as follows: 75% of Schertz’s base salary of USD 248,000 would have to be repaid before the second year of the contract. Three years ago it was 50%. After that it’s 25%.

Schertz has built-in incentives. He receives $ 15,000 for every NCAA tournament win, Missouri Valley Conference tournament win, or general bid for the NCAA tournament. Schertz receives $ 10,000 for winning the regular season MVC title directly or for being named National Coach of the Year.

Compensation is $ 7,500 for an NIT performance and / or season with a profit share of 0.820 or better. Schertz earns $ 5,000 for an MVC Coach of the Year award and / or a co-conference championship and a profit share of 0.780-0.819. A win percentage of .750-.779 pays Schertz $ 4,500 and .710-749 is good for $ 3,500.

Schertz makes $ 2,500 with a Profit Share between 0.680 and 0.709 and when the ISU has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

The percentage win bonuses are not cumulative and do not take into account non-Division I games.

The Memorandum of Understanding also mentions a competition clause, which sets out the ISU’s expectations of the success of the program. However, these expectations are not included in the memorandum.

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