But he said staying close to home was a greater priority.
“(Ball State) was just a unique opportunity where there was a Division I job 20 minutes from where I live,” Hosier said. “Elwood is 10 minutes away.”
Hosier’s daughters — Gracyn (10), Gabrianna (8) and Jacklynn (6) — are just getting serious about basketball, and he’ll make strengthening the Panthers’ feeder system one of his first goals.
He and his wife, Amanda, also have two boys — 11-year-old M.J. and Maxwell, who turned 1 in May.
Hosier’s time at Ball State helped rekindle his coaching fire. As director of basketball operations, he attended every practice and sat on the bench during games. But NCAA rules forbid the position from doing any hands-on coaching.
“You’re watching, but you don’t get to do a lot of on-court stuff,” he said. “You kind of have to zip your mouth and lock it. Having been a head coach, that’s tough. (Elwood) is an opportunity where I’ll be able to put my mark on a program.”