WINDSOR — Veteran boys basketball coach Bob Lockart is staying in the National Trail Conference.
Lockart will coach the Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg boys basketball team after he coached at Neoga the last five years.
Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg is in its final year of the sports co-op agreement. Lockart was hired by both the Windsor and Stewardson-Strasburg school boards.
Neoga's new coach is Andrew Snow, who was hired in April.
Lockart led the Indians to a 15-13 record, which was their best season since 2013-14 when Lockart's first team at Neoga went 17-14. Lockart was 45-99 in his five seasons for the Indians.
W/SS was 13-16 overall and 4-4 in the NTC last season under 2009 Neoga graduate Austin Robinson. The Hatchets averaged 50.4 points per game, while allowing 51.9.
The Hatchets will return seven seniors including Jackson Miller and Beau Bennett, who averaged 10.9 and 4.9 points per game, respectively. Chase Thies and second team all-NTC player Isaac Kramer graduated along with five others. Kramer averaged 12 points, while Thies averaged 11.4.
Lockart, who also coaches boys golf at Mattoon, teaches at Windsor part time and will teach science for the second straight school year after teaching physical education and health his first year.
It is to be Lockart's 36th season overall and he is 386-481 (.445). W/SS is his seventh team he has coached since 1980 where he started at Argenta-Oreana. He then coached at Sullivan from 1983-87. He coached at Sullivan again from 2010-2012. He also had two stints at Mattoon coaching from 1987-1991 and from 1998 through 2007. Lockart also coached at Eisenhower (1991-93) and Effingham (1993-98).
Lockart, a Millikin graduate and standout athlete, has coached in five conferences, the Big 12, the Little Okaw Valley, the Apollo, the Okaw Valley and the NTC.
Since W/SS started in 2015-16 the Hatchets have gone 41-43 overall and 11-12 in the conference. In 2016-17, Cody McCollum led the Hatchets to a 15-14 records, the only winning season in the brief history of the sports co-op.
Last year's assistant coach Randy Swartz is staying on. Swartz was also the assistant coach at Arcola under Mike Shaffer and former softball coach for the Riders.