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Kreiger’s best half: Coach’s wife heads to state finals with Canterbury

March 1, 2013

Debbie Kreiger, wife of Canterbury head coach Wayne Kreiger, former Columbia City girls basketball coach, has provided a support system for the long-time coach in their 23 years of marriage. Above, the couple pose for a photo after Canterbury’s semi-state win last week. The Lady Cavaliers are set to play in the state finals game Saturday. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — It wouldn’t be a surprise if basketball was a condition in the Kreigers’ wedding vows.

Debbie Kreiger, wife of Wayne Kreiger, a Columbia City basketball coach for more than 30 years and current Canterbury girls head coach, has been to more than 500 of Wayne’s games in their 23 years of marriage.

“The basketball season always brings high energy and much excitement into our home,” Debbie said.

In 23 years, Debbie has only missed two of her husband’s games.

“When the schedule comes out, it gets put on our calendars and life revolves around those times from October to March,” Debbie said.

Debbie has been a support system for Wayne through struggling and successful seasons.

Saturday, Wayne is looking to pick up his first state title as a head coach.

Wayne’s son, Scott Kreiger, stepped down as the Lady Cavaliers’ head coach after picking up his fourth state title win in the last five years to take his success to Canterbury’s boys team.

Wayne was an assistant for Scott after he retired from Columbia City in 2010.

Though the former Whitley County coach was at the state finals last season, this year will potentially be his first state title as head coach.

And his wife, Debbie, has enjoyed being with him on his journey.

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