Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2000

Eudora High girls basketball coach calling it quits

March 9, 2000

After more than a decade of coaching Eudora High School girl's basketball, coach Don Grosdidier is calling it quits.

His resignation comes not after any losing streak or disagreement with players, but as a move to have more time quality time with his 6-month-old daughter, Catherine.

"It's a decision that I made over the course of several months, actually," Grosdidier said. "It's something that has to do with family."

Grosdidier has coached for 18 years overall, and has spent the last 12 coaching varsity girls basketball at EHS. He said he wants to concentrate his time on his family, and doesn't see himself going back to coaching anytime soon.

"Not at this time," he said. "You never know what the future is going to bring. I don't know, it's kind of premature for me."

Grosdidier will keep his day job at EHS, where he teaches history and economics. He recalls some of his big moments coaching the varsity girls include winning invitationals, and his team that was crowned sub-state champs in 1992.

"I think we've won more games than any other team sport in the last 10 years," said Grosdidier. "The 1992 team was a highlight."

He has also enjoyed seeing some of his players go on to become med. school students and teachers, an attribute he hopes can be attested to sports.

"I like to think they might have developed some of the work ethic or goal setting through basketball," he said.

And even though he's traded in his coaching whistle for diapers, he said it wasn't an easy choice to decide.

"It's been an enjoyable 12 years, and a difficult decision to make," Grosdidier said. "I didn't come to it easily, but I just felt like it was time for a change."

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