Northeast Dubois hires Woolems as baseball coach

For Luke Woolems, it “seemed like a natural thing” to apply for Northeast Dubois’ open baseball head coach position.

After all, the Heritage Hills and Indiana University alum was a volunteer assistant under outgoing Jeep coach Brian Kirchoff, as well as secretary of the local Little League board last season.

At Tuesday night’s Northeast Dubois school board meeting, Woolems was officially hired as the next Jeep leader.

“We felt (Woolems) brought, No. 1, a good experience level to our program, and No. 2, we felt Luke brings a great energy level,” Northeast Dubois athletic director Friedman said. “(Last season’s players) gravitated toward Luke and were positive about what he did last year.”

Woolems, 36, was most recently Loogootee’s baseball coach during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, and currently works at the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District.

“I expressed in the interview (for the Jeep job) that I didn’t know anybody who had a handle on the baseball program top to bottom like I would going in,” Woolems said. “I couldn’t be more excited.”

Woolems takes over for Kirchoff, who retired following the 2016-17 season. He had led Northeast Dubois since 2003.

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