Pickerington High School North boys basketball coach Pete Liptrap recently announced his retirement after 10 seasons at the school and 30 overall.
Citing recent struggles for the varsity team, Liptrap said he believes the Panthers might be better served by a new approach.
“I just think the program could use a new voice and a new spark,” said Liptrap, who was 406-263 (.607) in 30 seasons. “I’ll miss the coaches I worked with and the kids I coached. I love competing and all the aspects of coaching. I feel holding the title of coach always had a lot of prestige.”
Liptrap won 272 games at Pickerington from 1983-2003, then moved to North when it opened in 2003. He submitted his retirement notice to North principal Kiya Hunt and athletics director Molly Feesler on June 10 and told the team later that day.
Liptrap said he plans to retire from his teaching job after this coming school year, his 35th.
The Panthers went 10-13 overall and 4-10 in the OCC-Ohio Division in last season, finishing sixth behind co-champions Grove City, Newark, Pickerington Central and Reynoldsburg (all 10-4). North was 12-12 overall and 7-7 in the league in 2011-12, tying Reynoldsburg for fifth.