John Wardenburg was chosen to take the reins of the Indian Hills basketball program when Barret Peery left after the 2013-14 season to accept an assistant coaching job at Arizona State University. Upon Peery's resignation at IHCC, Wardenburg was immediately tabbed to replace a guy he had coached in high school over 20 years earlier.
Wardenburg was the first assistant hired by Peery after he was named the head coach at Indian Hills in April 2011. Peery played for Wardenburg in high school at Payson, Utah and brought his former coach to his staff at IHCC to take advantage of the wisdom Wardenburg had gained from nearly 25 years on the sidelines.
Wardenburg came to Indian Hills from BYU-Hawaii where, as an assistant coach, he helped guide the Seasiders to the NCAA DII national championship game in 2011.
Prior to that, Wardenburg was an assistant at BYU for eight seasons and was a key part of the Cougars’ success during that time. They had four straight 20-win seasons and a 97-34 overall record. Wardenburg’s primary responsibilities included defensive skill development, game film preparation, defensive game plan preparation, summer basketball camp director and recruiting.
The new IHCC head coach also has 13 years coaching experience at the high school and junior college levels. He compiled a 105-62 record in seven years as head coach at Payson High School and Pine View High School, both in Utah. His teams won five league titles and made it to the state tournament in each of those seven years. His Pine View team won the Utah 3A state championship in 2001.
He earned 3A Coach of the Year honors in 2000 after his first Pine View team finished third at the state tourney and he was named the Championship Coach of the Year the next year after guiding his team to the state title.
Wardenburg left the high school ranks to begin a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Dixie State College in Utah. He gave up the coaching position to assume the Athletic Director's job at Dixie.
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wardenburg was a multi-sport athlete at Kiel HS in Kiel, Wisconsin. He has a BA degree from BYU and an MA in health, physical education and recreation from Utah State.
Wardenburg and his wife, Pam, have four sons, Scott (Laura), Jonathan (Natalie), Adam and Barrett, along with three granddaughters and one grandson.