Basketball: Drew Trost leaving Noll, heading to Salt Lake City
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 9, 2013 5:46PM
Bishop Noll Head Coach Drew Trost questions a call during the Wheeler boys basketball sectional championship game held at Wheeler High School on Saturday March 2, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 11, 2013 6:42AM
Drew Trost always knew he’d head back home someday.
Someday turned out to be at the end of the school year.
The Bishop Noll basketball coach announced Thursday that he will resign his position at Noll at the end of the year to take a similar job in Salt Lake City at Juan Diego Catholic High School.
Both Trost and his wife, Christy, are from Salt Lake City.
Trost called the decision bittersweet, saying that he loved his time at Noll. He spent eight years as coach, finishing 129-57 overall. His teams won two sectional titles and in 2011, with Adonis Filer leading the way, the Warriors made it to the state championship game, losing to Park Tudor.
Trost said he knew the principal at Juan Diego and he contacted him about the opening. The school has just under 900 students and a sprawling new multimillion campus that was built in 2008. It competes in 3A in Utah’s five-class system.
Trost figured the time was right to make the move even though his team is poised to be really good next season, particularly since Bowman jumped up from 2A to 3A.
“This opportunity was just too good to pass up,” he said. “We’ll get to move home and the kids (ages one and three) will be right next to their grandparents.”
Trost said he will teach math at Juan Diego, which was the same position he held this year.
The season started out in tumultuous fashion for Trost, who had to step down from his position of director of admissions at the behest of the Indiana High School Athletic Association after it investigated the transfer of Lamous Brown, a Chicago student who had enrolled at Noll. Brown, a 6-10 center from Chicago Harlan, was ruled ineligible. The Warriors were still a force, finishing 19-5 before losing by 13 points to state champion Bowman in the Wheeler Sectional final.
Trost had nothing but good things to say about his experience at Noll.
“My time at Noll has been awesome,” he said. “I’m grateful that they took a chance on me.”
Trost came to Noll after spending a year in Las Vegas as an assistant. He graduated from Valparaiso University after playing basketball for one season at Calumet College.
He is hoping the administration hires one of his assistants.
“We have a really good team returning,” he said. “Sometimes, a new coach messes up the continuity.”