Memorial Chargers Unified Track

 

Coach’s Note

Unified Sports was first developed by Special Olympics as a means of providing a quality experience of sports training and competition in an inclusive environment that allows friendships to form. It is the vision of this joint IHSAA / Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) sports project to allow high school students with and without intellectual disabilities to collectively represent their high school in an IHSAA sanctioned activity by participating together on a Unified Sports team.

This is our third year having a team participate at the IHSAA level.  Last year we were Sectional Champions, Regional Runners Up and State Champions.  We were fortunate to win Elkhart Memorials first ever team state title.  We lost some good leaders from last year’s squad but do return the bulk of the team and have added some great kids who will help continue to build this program. Coach Sheely, Stone and Bartley are excited to be back leading this group of Chargers.

Todd Sheely-Head Coach

 

Team Schedule and Calendar

 

Coach’s Bio

Todd Sheely begins his 15th year as a head coach in the state of Indiana with Center Grove and Elkhart Memorial.  At Center Grove he was the head girls coach for 10 years and the boys coach for two years at Center Grove. During those 12 years as a head coach Todd’s teams made Semi-State nine times, Elite eight seven times and Final Four twice.  In 2018 he helped lead the Chargers to their first ever team state championship in Unified Track.

He was named the Indiana High School Girls Coach of the Year in 2007. He is in his third year teaching at Elkhart Memorial joining the Social Studies Department. He was named the Center Grove HS teacher of the year in 2009 and the Elkhart Memorial Teacher of the Year in 2019. In addition to being a high school coach Todd is also the Director of Olympic/Player Development for Indiana Youth Soccer.

Coach Sheely graduated from Center Grove in 1997 and IUPUI in 2001. He was a starter on the teams that won conference at IUPUI and played in the first College Cup or NCAA Tournament in school history in 2000. Todd has two sons Mayson (11) and Brennan (9). He holds a National Youth License and NSCAA Premier Diploma.

This is his third year coaching the Chargers Unified Track program.  “Seeing the smiles on all the kid’s faces, and the true sportsmanship that exists in this sport, is why I do it.“