Since taking over Hanover Central's football program in 2015, Pete Koulianos has heard whispers and rumors about how long it will take before the Wildcats could join the Northwest Crossroads Conference.

The growth and development of Hanover's young football program is key before the Wildcats can leave the smaller Greater South Shore Conference.

The Times has learned Koulianos will be joining the NCC before the team he's led to a 21-10 record over the last three seasons.

Pending next week's school board approval, Koulianos will be named the next football coach at Highland.

Former Trojans coach Trent Grider went 27-39 in six seasons on the job before resigning.

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Koulianos said he has no comment until after the school board meeting.

The new Trojans coach was an offensive tackle on Lake Central's 1994 state runner-up team. He was a captain who earned all-state recognition that autumn.

He had a good career at the University of Indianapolis before returning home, where he was an assistant coach at Chesterton, Highland, Lake Central and Hanover.

In 2016 Hanover Central went 9-0 in the regular season, winning the program's first GSSC championship and being state ranked for the first time in school history.

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Steve has won awards during two different stints at The Times. In addition to being the Prep Beat columnist, he covers football, boys basketball and boys track. He is a long-suffering Cubs fan.