Greg Van Kannel long had planned for his final season as Pickerington High School North girls soccer coach to coincide with the senior year of his daughter, Lexi.
He let his assistant coaches talk him into staying one more year, but his successful run with the Panthers has to come an end.
Van Kannel resigned last week after going 180-32-16 overall and 60-5-3 in league games in 11 seasons.
“I always said I’d go out at the same time as (Lexi, who played for her father), but I ended up sticking around another year,” Van Kannel said. “It was a fun ride and we accomplished a lot of great things as a program. It was always all about the tournament and how we performed there. I loved the competition and working with all of these girls over the years.”
His teams won nine league championships, the first of which came in the OCC-Central Division in 2007 before eight in the OCC-Ohio since 2008, as well as nine district titles and eight regional championships. The Panthers were state runners-up in 2010.
Van Kannel coached North from 2007-10 and sat out the 2011 season before returning the next year.
This fall, the Panthers went 15-2-3 overall and 4-0-1 in the OCC-Ohio, tying Gahanna for the league championship. Their season ended with a 2-1 overtime loss to Watterson in a Division I regional final.