Laurie Barr has announced her retirement after 10 seasons as coach of the Thomas Worthington High School girls basketball team.

Barr compiled a 104-110 record with the Cardinals, including a 42-22 mark the last three seasons, and guided Thomas to two league championships.

“I announced that I am retiring as coach at our (end-of-season) team (meeting),” Barr said. “This is a point in time where my family needs me. My father was diagnosed with cancer last spring and overcame that, but he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease right before this season. I’ve always told my players and students to make the most of their opportunities and limit regrets you live with. Now I have to take my own advice.

“I’ve been in this program for 14 years and I don’t know how long his health will hold out and I really need to spend my time away from teaching doing what I know is right.”

Barr led Thomas to its first league championship in 23 years last season, when the Cardinals finished 16-7 overall and 11-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Hilliard Bradley for first place.

This season, Thomas finished 11-9 overall and 9-3 in the OCC-Cardinal to share the league title with Dublin Scioto.

“I’m really proud of each class that has come through here as we have built the program up,” said Barr, who shared league Coach of the Year honors with Scioto’s Jen Music this season. “I was an assistant coach and then was a (junior varsity) coach, and in my first year (as varsity coach) we went 12-6 and had more wins than the previous two seasons combined. We have six letterwinners returning next season and that is exciting.

“I will be in the building as a teacher and I live in the community, so if the girls need to talk with me, they can get a hold of me.”

Athletics director Jen Goebbel has begun her search for Barr’s successor. Candidates should send a letter of interest, résumé and references to jgoebbel@wscloud.org.

“Laurie Barr is a class act,” Goebbel said. “I would put her knowledge of Xs and Os up against any high school basketball coach in Ohio, but what truly sets her apart was her unwavering commitment to the growth of her players as young women. She did not just talk the talk, Laurie deeply cared about her kids.”

bemerine@thisweeknews.com

@Brad_ThisWeek