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Boys Basketball Coaches

Pat Shook
Varsity Assistant (8th year)

Pat grew up in LaGrange, Indiana and played football, basketball, and baseball for Lakeland High School.  He went to Purdue University for Mechanical Engineering. Pat has worked at Cummins Inc. in Columbus and Seymour, IN for the past 25 years. He coached Jr. Cats and Jr. High for a total of four years with a 66-16 record. The 2015-2016 Jr. High boys team went undefeated and won the 14u NCHBC National Championship. Pat is entering his fourth year as a Boys Varsity assistant coach and helped the boys bring home the 18u National Championship in 2019.  Pat and Melody Shook have three children: Anna, Noah (Boys Varsity), and Louisa (Girls Varsity) and have enjoyed nine years with the Wildcats.

Nathan Magnuson
Strength and Conditioning Coach

In this position, Magnuson serves as a member of the boys’ high school basketball teams and oversees the strength and conditioning program. His purpose is to teach proper exercise technique for musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, speed and agility training to improve athletic performance. Nathan earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Exercise Science – ‘16) and Master of Science in Kinesiology (’18) from IUPUI. He was a 2012 Wildcat graduate and a key member of the program’s first Junior High (’07), Junior Varsity (’08) and Varsity (’11) state titles. He was also a part of the Cats’ first Midwest Regional title (‘09) and trips to the NCHBC National Elite 8 (’10 - ‘12). He is a member of the Wildcats 1,000 Point Club and currently holds records for career three-point (39.5%) and free throw percentage (81.0%) and previously set season records for three-point field goals, three-point percentage and free throw percentage.

John Owen
Junior Varsity Head Coach/Varsity Assistant (4th year) 
After coaching boys 12U for the last two seasons, John will be coaching boys Jr. Varsity.  He played for the Wildcats for 3 years. John was a key part of the varsity team that went to the first NCHBC National Final Four in Wildcat history and also the team that won back to back State and Conference championships in 2015 and 2016.  John loves basketball and is very excited to motivate and push his players to be the best they can on and off the court. In his spare time he likes hanging out with friends, his fiancé Katelyn, and playing basketball. 

Seth Southerland
Jr. Varsity and Varsity Assistant Coach

This is Seth’s first year coaching for the Wildcats. Seth joined the Wildcats as a varsity player for his Junior and Senior years. Before that, he played many years with the Golden Eagles. His aggressive defense, athleticism, and a couple of clutch free throws during the semi-final game helped win the first National Championship. Seth is excited to coach and happy to be able to continue a focus on cool-headed leadership and team development.


Trey Oejten
Junior High Head Coach (2nd year)

Though this is Trey's second year coaching with the Wildcats, he has been coaching basketball and baseball for over 20 years.  He was the varsity boys basketball coach for Horizon Christian School for five years, ending with a record of 103-32 (including being undefeated against the Wildcats).  In 2013, Horizon won the ICST Christian School State Tournament.  He played basketball for Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania back when shorts were short.  He went to Warren Central High School, where he was ranked #1 Singles in tennis.  Trey has been married to Lori Ann for 28 years, and they have eight children.  

Josiah Oetjen
Jr. High Assistant

The older twin by nine minutes, Josiah Oetjen has enjoyed playing basketball at a high level for a long time. He enjoyed victory on the National Champion NBA 2K League’s Timberwolves team this past season. Before his gaming days, he was starting point guard for Cincinnati Christian University as a freshman, but had to temporarily stop playing due to a torn labrum that needed surgery. He played varsity for 3 years at Horizon Christian School and two years for the Wildcats, finishing with 2001 career points. Josiah is listed several times in the career leader board, including 1st in steals/game and 3rd in both points/game and assists/game. He is a Christ-follower, dedicated to sharing Jesus’ love with everyone. He looks forward to building relationships with the boys on the team, and helping them to grow on the court and in Christ throughout the season.

Jacob Gourley
12U Head Coach (3rd year)

Jacob Gourley joined the Wildcat coaching staff in 2016 as a coach for the Junior Cats.  He is passionate about athletic competition, and trains the boys to increase their potential. He enjoys working with youth and seeing them reach milestones. At the 12U level, he is focused on teaching fundamentals and helping the youth enjoy the game of basketball.  During practice and on the court, Jacob uses teaching moments to point the players to Jesus Christ, through whom living water is made available to all who would choose to accept Him as their Lord and Savior. He and his wife, Marie, have 7 children — 4 are Wildcat players.

Ethan Walker
10U Head Coach

Ethan is in his first year coaching with the Wildcats. He played basketball at the collegiate level and is now working in the world of intercollegiate athletics. Ethan has been serving youth at various levels around the sport of basketball for several years. He resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Jennie, and four boys: Reece, Ezra, Isaiah and Wesley. 

Danny Hightshue
10U Assistant Coach

Danny is in his first year of coaching for the Wildcats but his family has been involved in the organization for 3 years. He has been involved in basketball for over 40 years in different capacities. He is excited to bring his knowledge and joy of the game to the Wildcats 10U team and help the athletes developed their skills and compete with Christlike character. He resides in Center Grove with his wife Rachel and their two sons Elijah and Isaiah. Danny and his family attend Emmanuel Church of Greenwood.