Steve Hall has resigned as coach of the Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team, citing the desire to spend more time with his family as the reason.

Steve Hall has resigned as coach of the Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team, citing the desire to spend more time with his family as the reason.

Hall spent 12 seasons leading the program.

Last season, the Bobcats finished 12-11 overall after losing to top-seeded Africentric 83-37 in a Division III district semifinal.

"I have a son, Eli, 11, who is in the fifth grade and a daughter, Emma, 9, who is in the third grade. I looked at the situation and realized I would be missing a lot of their growing up," Hall said.

"There is a huge time commitment to run a program and I think it's time that I took a step back and looked at what's important to me, which is my family."

In the MSL-Cardinal Division last season, Grandview finished fourth at 8-6, behind champion Harvest Prep (14-0).

"This past year's group was great to work with because they were coachable and worked well together. They really liked being around each other," said Hall, whose staff included varsity assistant Michelle Chavanne and junior varsity coach Brian O'Mara. "We have a good group of eighth-grade girls coming up, and it's a good time for a new coach to come in and groom them for four years."

Athletics director Kathy Kinnard said the Bobcats were fortunate to have Hall.

"Steve is a great teacher, coach, and person," Kinnard said. "His dedication to our young people is evident in any conversation you have with him. He is what you look for in a head coach - competent in the sport, effective communicator with young people, dedicated and professional, a positive role model, a leader of the program."

Hall plans to remain a math teacher at the high school and coach the girls tennis team.

"Steve is passionate about the sport of basketball and yet has a healthy perspective of where basketball fits into a teenager's life," Kinnard said.

"Coaching, if you do it right, and Steve does, takes a great deal of time. Being the head coach of a high school sports program has evolved into an all-year commitment. I am grateful that Steve has been our head basketball coach and I am grateful that he continues to be the head coach of our girls tennis team."

Before entering the coaching ranks, the 6-foot-8 Hall was an all-state player at Haviland Wayne Trace and finished his playing career in 1992 as a four-year letterwinner at Ohio State.

"There is a fine line, because through the years coaching, I've spent time coaching everyone else's kids," Hall said. "I still love basketball and will miss coaching and other things about the experience. My kids were part of the program because Emma was one of the water girls and Eli was at every game. But when you start missing their events, you have to look at your priorities.

"It wasn't an easy decision, but I know it was the right decision."