Broughton named Games Director for IndyStar Indiana All-Stars
Ex-state champion coach, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee to take lead role for program that dates to 1939
One of several goals Mike Broughton had when he became a varsity high school basketball coach in 1979 was to one day coach the IndyStar Indiana All-Stars. He accomplished that objective in 1996, three years after guiding Jeffersonville to the Indiana state championship.
On Thursday, Broughton – a 2012 inductee into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame – moved one step up in the All-Star hierarchy when he was named Games Director for the 2019 edition of the annual series with Kentucky that dates to 1940.
Broughton’s appointment was announced by Steve Witty, executive director of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, the organization that took over managing operations of the Indiana portion of the All-Star series from The Indianapolis Star in 2012. The All-Stars were created in 1939 by The Star, and The Star remains as the event’s title sponsor.
“The Indiana All-Stars are part of the state’s great basketball tradition,” said Broughton, who succeeds Charlie Hall as the All-Star Games Director. “Charlie Hall and those before him have done a quality job in recognizing the best of the best Indiana high school basketball players over the years. I hope to carry on the tradition and make the game even better in the years ahead. It’s great this game has given financially to many charities across the state over the last 80 years.”
Broughton, currently the athletic director at Jennings County, plans to step down from that position in December to focus on his new role with the All-Stars.
“We are pleased that Mike Broughton has agreed to accept the challenge of becoming the new Games Director for the Indy Star Indiana All-Star program,” Witty said. “Mike brings a blend of experience as well as a knowledge of and passion for high school basketball. He respects the tradition of the Indiana-Kentucky All Star series and is committed to working with the IBCA to maintain the continued growth of the games.”
A 1973 graduate of Hebron High School, Broughton scored 1,018 points as a high school player and was named IBCA first-team Academic All-State while helping lead the Hawks to a sectional championship as a senior. He then attended Marion College (now known as Indiana Wesleyan University), where he played basketball and baseball and was three times all-conference in the latter.
Broughton compiled a 350-145 record in 21 seasons as an Indiana high school varsity basketball coach, his teams winning nine sectionals, five regionals, three semi-states and the state title in 1993. He was 30-13 in two seasons at Hebron, 29-37 in three seasons at Rushville, 81-55 in six seasons at Castle and 210-40 in 10 seasons at Jeffersonville, where his Red Devils edged Ben Davis 66-61 for the 1993 crown.
He followed by coaching collegiately for eight seasons, three years under Barry Collier as an assistant at the University of Nebraska and five years as head coach at Southern Nazarene University, then an NAIA Division I program located in Bethany, Okla. Broughton’s teams at SNU went 109-55 and twice qualified for the NAIA National Tournament during his tenure.
Broughton returned to Indiana in 2008 as the athletic director at Jennings County, where he is in his 11th year of overseeing the Panthers’ athletic program. While there, he twice was elected to the IHSAA Board of Directors and served as its president in 2016-17.
Now, Broughton, who becomes the seventh Indiana All-Star games director, is eager to take on his new role. Previous games directors were Bill Shover (1953-62), Fred Corts (1963-68), Don Bates (1969-87), Patrick Aikman (1988-2007), Pete Smith (2008) and Hall (2009-18). There was no official games director from 1939-52.
“It was a great honor to be the 1996 All Star coach,” Broughton said. “The players were of top quality, and we represented the state in a positive manner. I’m excited to go across the state and watch many of the top male and female players. It is an honor late in my career to again be a part of such a storied event.”
Broughton and his wife, Pat, have three children and seven grandchildren.