Gary Burke has stepped down as coach of the Canal Winchester High School girls basketball team.

Gary Burke has stepped down as coach of the CanalWinchesterHigh Schoolgirls basketball team.

Burke ledthe Indiansto a 27-61 overall record in four seasons, including a 7-16 mark and a sixth-place finish (5-9) in the OCC-Cardinal Division behind champion Westerville North (13-1) last season.

"I love the kids and I've enjoyed my time at Canal Winchester, and I was really excited about next season because we've laid the groundwork for the success of our five-year plan to start showing next year," he said. "But it got to the point where my health won't allow me to continue coaching the way I need to coach, and the kids deserve to have someone who has the energy to give them a 100 percent effort.

"I have type 2 diabetes and some problems with my liver, and it's been tough regulating my blood sugar while I'm coaching. I've struggled with this decision over the past year, but I couldn't coach with the same enthusiasm or up to my standards, so I've decided to retire from coaching high school basketball."