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April 8, 2014

Peery resigns as IHCC basketball coach; Wardenburg to take over

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Peery is departing after his third IHCC team completed a 34-3 season with a trip to the NJCAA championship game where the Warriors lost to Jones County (MS). The Warriors advanced to the DI national tourney after winning the region and district titles. They entered the tourney as the top-seeded team and the nation’s top-ranked team and won three consecutive close games before coming up short in the final.

Peery breathed new life into the IHCC program after taking over in April 2011.

“I’m very proud of where the program is today and the steps we have been able to make in our time here,” Peery said. “My family and I have had an unbelievable experience here in Ottumwa and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Wardenburg talked about the opportunity that awaits Peery as an assistant coach on the Division I level.

"There's obviously a trade off there. Now, he'll go back be an assistant and there's no doubt in my mind that he'll get another opportunity to be a head coach somewhere," Wardenburg said.

With an overall record of 93-11, Peery’s teams were almost impossible to beat at home, where they posted a 60-1 mark. They were also exceptionally tough against conference opponents, going 18-2 in league play and 22-2 overall.

His first team at IHCC was ranked No. 1 during the regular season and qualified for the national tournament, where they finished in seventh place, winning three of four games, and wound up 33-4.

Last year, Indian Hills was banned by the NJCAA from playing in the postseason and ended the year 26-4.

Peery came to IHCC after three years as an assistant coach at the University of Utah, his sixth coaching stop after graduating from college at Southern Utah.

Peery said he and his family thoroughly enjoyed their time in Ottumwa.

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