Tim Feddeler is honest about his high school basketball career at North Newton and Lowell. Honesty is a great thing that seems to slip away every day.
"I was a role player," Feddeler said. "Not a lot of people knew my name. I just did whatever I could to help my team win."
After a long run as an assistant basketball coach at stops around the region, Feddeler finally got his first head coaching job at North Newton. And just for kicks, he will be the Spartans new athletic director, too.
At some schools this would be too much. But at the Class 2A Greater South Shore Conference school, Feddeler will do just fine.
He's learned from some very good coaches and is ready for the task at hand.
"North Newton has always been a school that I wanted to be a part of," he said. "It's close to where I grew up in Lowell. I just have to stay organized and surround myself with good coaches.
"Monday was my first day and we're all excited about what we can do."
Feddeler grew up with Red Devil Pride, but moved to North Newton for his freshman year. He came home and played three years of basketball for the Red Devils before graduating in 2000.
After going to Purdue, he worked for five years at Gavit for Gary Meyer. Feddeler said he was a sponge below the 32-year vet.
"That was an outstanding experience," Feddeler said. "I couldn't have picked a better coach to start out with. Gary knew what he was doing."
Then, it was one year with Jim East at Merrillville. Followed by one year as a girls assistant at Highland. Last school year, Feddeler was an assistant at Grant Park in Illinois.
"I learned from some very good people," he said.
As excited as he is to get his first boys basketball coaching job, Feddeler said his administrative gig comes first, overseeing all of the Spartans comes before throwing an orange ball into the sky.
"I just have to prioritize myself and make sure I get done what has to be done," he said.
Feddeler looks at Wheeler's success in several different sports as an example to strive for. The GSSC is full of small-school success stories, of which Newton has yet to experience.
He also looks to Whiting and Lake Station on the boys basketball end. Both were pretty bad. Then, a young coach, like himself, came in, made the appropriate changes and the wins started to drop like rain.
That is the goal. That is the direction. Feddeler has learned from people who knew how to win. This should and could be very good for the school.
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