TERRE HAUTE —
Brian Cabral, who has spent the past 24 years coaching in the Big Eight, Big 12 and the Pac-10 and who played for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX, has been hired as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Indiana State.
“Brian Cabral brings tremendous experience and expertise to our staff,” first-year head coach Mike Sanford said. “He will be a great addition from a defensive scheme standpoint, but most of all for his ability to develop players and bring out the best in them. Brian cares deeply about student-athletes, a trait that both he and I share.”
Cabral has spent the past 24 years at the University of Colorado, where he had been interim head coach, associate head coach and assistant head coach during his tenure.
“I am so excited to work again with coach Mike Sanford, who I worked with in my first job at Purdue,” Cabral commented. “We have a great opportunity here at Indiana State to build on what this program has accomplished so far. What the Sycamores were able to do defensively last season was impressive. Our job now is to help this program make the next step up.”
Cabral was on Purdue’s staff during the 1987 and 1988 seasons before returning to coach at his alma mater. He is a 1978 Colorado graduate, playing three seasons at linebacker under coach Bill Mallory, and was a captain on a Big Eight championship team in 1976.
He was a fourth-round draft choice by the Atlanta Falcons in 1978 and played two seasons there, one with Green Bay and six with Chicago, where he was the Bears’ special-teams captain on the Super Bowl champions and was named Frito-Lay Unsung Hero of the win over New England.
• Mayhew honored — Terre Haute North graduate Zach Mayhew of Indiana University has been named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Mayhew had the conference’s best 3,000-meter time of the indoor season while competing at the Gladstein Invitational during the weekend. His time of 8:02.73 is second-fastest in the nation so far.
• Rose honored twice — Rose-Hulman received two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors on Monday when Creasy Clauser was honored in women’s track and Greg Larmore in men’s field events.
Clauser won the 200-meter dash in a time of 27.18 seconds and also helped Rose-Hulman sweep two relay events at the Friday Night Invitational.
Larmore won the men’s weight throw at the same meet with the second-best throw in Rose-Hulman history, 53-feet-3 1/2.
Rose-Hulman hosts the Engineer Invitational this Saturday.
• More recognition for Manaea — Junior starting pitcher Sean Manaea earned his second selection to a preseason All-America list this week, as Perfect Game tabbed the Indiana State southpaw to their first team preseason list and as the national Pitcher To Watch.
Indiana State begins its 2013 season with four games at Huntsville, Ala., Feb. 15-17.
• Rose gets regional — For the fourth time since 2005, Rose-Hulman has been selected to serve as a regional site for the NCAA Division III baseball tournament.
Either six or eight teams will appear in a double-elimination tournament format beginning May 15. Pairings will be announced May 13.
• Local team runner-up — At Ryves Hall, Terre Haute’s John Paul II placed second at the CYO High School Winter Tournament sponsored by Knights of Columbus No. 541.
Batesville St. Louis 66 (Jordan Dickey 10), Holy Family 28 (Dylan Cook 14)
Terre Haute John Paul II 44 (Trey Epps 12, Travis Richey 11), Plainfield St. Susanna 41 (Alec Caperella 12, Conner Vest 10), OT
Batesville St. Louis 47 (Conner Dickey 22, Ben Wilson 8), Terre Haute John Paul II 39 (Richey 11, Epps 11).