Believing that "the time is right," Mike McDonough stepped down as coach of the Big Walnut High School boys tennis team on May 29.

Believing that "the time is right," Mike McDonough stepped down as coach of the Big Walnut High School boys tennis team on May 29.

McDonough, a 2000 Big Walnut graduate who compiled a 99-40 record during his eight-year tenure, and his wife Christina are expecting their second child in the fall. The couple's first child, Andrew, will be 2 in August.

"I think the time is right for me," McDonough said. "Our second child is due in October and that's going to make it harder to commit the time that's needed (to coach)."

Big Walnut had a winning record every season under McDonough and had at least 11 wins every season except 2009, when it finished 9-7. The Golden Eagles set the program record for victories in a season in 2007 when they finished 15-3 and matched that mark in 2011 when they went 15-4.

The Eagles went 4-14 in 2004, the year before he was named coach.

This spring, Big Walnut finished 14-4 overall and 6-1 in the OCC-Capital Division. The Eagles finished the league tournament May 5 with 44 points to place third, behind New Albany (77, 7-0) and Orange (45, 5-2) and ahead of Delaware (38, 4-3), Hilliard Bradley (25, 2-5), Watkins Memorial (23, 3-4), Mount Vernon (14, 1-6) and Franklin Heights (2, 0-7).

"Mike is one of those people who knows how to run a successful program ... Those people are very difficult to replace," athletics director Steve Glesenkamp said. "Our challenge is to find someone who will step in and continue what he started."

Glesenkamp said no timetable has been set for finding McDonough's successor.