ANDERSON — Tod Windlan, after years of nearly-nomadic coaching travels, has found his dream job in girls basketball.
Windlan, former coach at Frankton and Highland, last week landed the job as the Carmel girls basketball coach.
"I think it is the pinnacle of high school basketball jobs," said Windlan in a Wednesday telephone interview. "I was always intrigued by this position. The school has over 120 state championships. But they put everything at your fingertips to make you successful."
So there will be pressure on Windlan to win there.
"I'm not afraid of that," he said. "I love to win too. They've got a lot of people there who are successful because they work hard. They want their kids to work hard too."
Windlan understood that his trail of coaching posts that included Delta, Hamilton Heights, where he was state runnerup, and last year Warren Central, might have changed people's impression of him.
"The mistake I made was leaving Frankton to go to Highland," said Windlan. "After the way I was treated by Anderson Community Schools, I had to jump through some hoops to recover from that. I left Delta to go to Hamilton Heights because it was a much better situation. I didn't have to fight volleyball like I did at Delta. Then I wouldn't have left Hamilton Heights but they didn't have a teaching job. But I do feel good because I left each program in better shape than when I came there."
The hiring process at Carmel was a bit of a whirlwind.
"I had my first interview on April 30," he said of his meeting with the seven-person search committee. "I was called the next day to come in on May 4 for a second interview. On May 7 I was offered the job. On May 8 they tweeted about it."