Peckinpaugh, Hoffman, Thompson named coaches for 2024 IndyStar boys' Indiana All-Stars

Mar. 20—John Peckinpaugh of Kokomo has been named head coach for the 2024 IndyStar boys' Indiana All-Stars, games director Mike Broughton announced Wednesday.

Peckinpaugh will be assisted by Brandon Hoffman of Silver Creek and Josh Thompson of Barr-Reeve. Hoffman was a Junior All-Star assistant in 2015, and Thompson was a Junior All-Star assistant in 2021.

Peckinpaugh directed Kokomo to a 25-4 record in 2023-24, including championships of the North Central Conference, the Kokomo/Phil Cox Memorial Invitational and the Lafayette Jefferson Sectional. In three seasons with the Wildkats, his teams are 68-17, including a Class 4A state runner-up finish in 2023. In five seasons as a high school varsity coach, he is 90-41.

A 2008 graduate of Muncie Central, Peckinpaugh played on Class 4A state runner-up teams for the Bearcats in 2005 and 2006. He went on to Purdue-Fort Wayne, where he played four seasons for the Mastodons and earned a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and supervision in 2012.

Peckinpaugh began his coaching career as an assistant at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne in 2012-13. He was a graduate assistant at Purdue-Fort Wayne in 2013-14 before compiling a 54-40 record as head coach at Indiana Tech over three seasons from 2014-17. He assisted again at Purdue-Fort Wayne in 2017-18, then was head coach at Wheeling Jesuit University in 2018-19, finishing 9-21 at the West Virginia school. He was head coach at Noblesville High School for two seasons, going 22-24 with the Millers, before accepting the assignment at Kokomo.

Hoffman is 239-108 in 14 seasons as coach at Silver Creek, his alma mater, including a 14-10 mark this past season. His tenure includes seven sectional titles plus regional, semi-state and Class 3A state championships in 2019 and 2021. It may have been three titles in a row if not for the 2020 season being truncated because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A 1998 graduate of Silver Creek, Hoffman was a three-year varsity player for the Dragons. He attended Hanover College, was a four-year letterman for coach Mike Beitzel and received a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2002. After graduation, Hoffman returned to Silver Creek as JV coach for seven seasons. He then became the Dragons' varsity coach in the fall of 2010.

Thompson has compiled a 134-29 record in six seasons at Barr-Reeve, including a 25-3 ledger this past season. His Vikings have won four sectionals, three regionals, two semi-states and the 2021 Class A state title. In 17 seasons as a head coach, Thompson has a 244-185 overall record with six sectional crowns. He previously went 30-80 in five seasons at Springs Valley, 53-51 in four seasons at Wood Memorial and 27-24 in two seasons at Vincennes Lincoln.

A 1999 graduate of Bloomfield High School, where he played on a Class A state runner-up team in 1998, Thompson played one season at Hanover College and completed his bachelor's degree in education at Indiana University in 2003. He earned a master's degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 2005 and an administrator's license from Oakland City University in 2006. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Bloomfield, then assisted at Loogootee for four seasons before becoming a head coach in the fall of 2007 at Springs Valley.

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