(updated 10:25 p.m. Fri.) Gardner resigns as BGHS basketball coach (8-9-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 09 August 2013 18:16
Less than one month after accepting the position, Gary Gardner has resigned as the head boys basketball coach at Bowling Green.
On Friday, Gardner submitted his letter of resignation to Scott Seeliger, the athletics director at BGHS.
‘‘It was a very difficult decision to decide to be the head coach, and it was at least equally as hard to come to the conclusion that I am not able to be the head coach with school administration responsibilities,’’ Gardner said in an email to the Sentinel-Tribune.
Gardner has been in the Anthony Wayne school district since 1997 and is currently the middle school principal in the district.
‘‘It has been an emotional whirlwind from trying to decide whether I could possibly do a head basketball coaching position after being asked to consider it, to the realization that I just can’t do justice to that position’s responsibilities and effectively do anything else for the community of Anthony Wayne,’’ Gardner said. ‘‘I feel it is in the best interest of the basketball program and Anthony Wayne to make this decision now, just a couple of weeks after being hired, as opposed to potentially coming to that conclusion in mid-season.’’
Gardner was hired to replace Von Graffin who was BG’s head coach for the last 11 years. Graffin was not offered a supplemental contract for the coming school year.
Gardner was an assistant coach under Graffin for two years.
‘‘I’m very disappointed in where we are right now with our boys basketball program and I feel bad for the kids,’’ Seeliger said. ‘‘There’s no question that I’m upset about it.
‘‘He realized that he couldn’t handle the position,’’ Seeliger added. ‘‘In a way it’s a good thing that he’s doing it now and not in the middle of the season.’’
In his letter to Seeliger, Gardner said he had no intention of becoming a head basketball coach at any time in his career.
But when the opportunity was presented in July, Gardner thought becoming the head coach could work positively and successfully for everyone involved — the BG community, basketball program, players, parents, and his family.
‘‘I really wanted to help in any way I could for the players who deserved and needed to be able to move on with the transition period, even if this meant taking on the head coaching position,’’ Gardner said. ‘‘Now having officially begun my middle school principal’s position again in August, it is becoming increasingly apparent that it (the BGHS position) would not be the best fit. I believe the time and focus needed to provide the Bowling Green basketball program all that it deserves, while giving the time and focus my job requires at Anthony Wayne ... would be a disservice to both positions.
‘‘I have been at Anthony Wayne since 1997 and cannot jeopardize my enjoyable career with AW because of a conflict of time and focus with the demands of a head coaching position. Nor can I jeopardize the Bowling Green program and especially the players, by not being able to give them all that they deserve as they put forth their best effort.’’
Last Updated on Friday, 09 August 2013 22:21

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