The coach who helped restore the DeSales High School boys basketball team to prominence has stepped down.

Joe Bills resigned May 8 and plans to teach English at Upper Arlington. Bills also taught English at DeSales.

Bills, who played for Zanesville Rosecrans and Wright State, was 58-41 overall and 15-17 in the CCL in four seasons.

“I’m getting married this summer, and I have always told my players that in life, you have to weigh your priorities,” Bills said. “Faith and family come first. I felt this was a good time to take a step back away from being a head coach. It’s time for me to put my family first.”

Bills oversaw a resurgence for the Stallions, coaching them from records of 7-16 overall and 0-8 in the CCL in his first season to a Division II regional runner-up finish in his third.

Last season, DeSales went 18-7 overall and 5-3 in the CCL, losing to Eastmoor Academy 54-51 in overtime in a Division II district semifinal.

“Joe did a fantastic job. We are sad to see him go,” athletics director Tom Neubert said. “He had to make a tough decision that was best for him. He knew the CCL well and he competed in it (at Rosecrans) and this was a place he really wanted to be. He’s a tremendous competitor.”

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