Satch Sullinger will step down as Northland High School boys basketball coach at the end of this season, ThisWeekSPORTS.com has learned.
Four days after leading the Vikings to a fifth consecutive City League championship Feb. 19 with a 59-52 victory over Walnut Ridge, Sullinger made it known Wednesday that he'll be resigning because "it's time."
Sullinger coached the Vikings the last 11 seasons and previously coached at Beechcroft and Reynoldsburg high schools as well as Oberlin College. At the prep level, his teams have gone 255-137, including 168-74 at Northland.
"I'm stepping down at the end of the season," Sullinger said on a text message. "It's just time. I've been coaching since 1978. It's time to be dad and grandpa full time."
The Vikings, who have won 74 consecutive games in City League-North Division games and in City finals, are 19-1 and the second seed for the Division I district tournament.
Northland were district champions in 2006-2007 and captured the state title in 2008-09 before earning a regional runner-up finish last season.
Sullinger's son, Jared Sullinger, is a freshman for nationally ranked Ohio State. His son, J.J. Sullinger, played for Arkansas and Ohio State, while another son, Julian Sullinger, played for Kent State.
The Vikings were ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Top 25 in 2009-10 for much of the season. Jared Sullinger won the Naismith National Player of the Year Award that season.