Some may say Greg Waits bleeds crimson and blue for his love of Grove City High School.
Waits, a 1980 Grove City graduate, recently stepped down after 15 seasons as boys basketball coach to become the school's athletics supervisor. His first official day is Aug. 1.
He replaces Ron Hutcheson, who retired effective June 30 after holding the position since 2005.
"Something that I've always wanted to do is get into administration and the opportunity came up here, so I took advantage of it," Waits said. "It was a tough decision, but this is the greatest place in the world, so I'm excited about it. I can stay involved in Grove City High School in sports. That's what I have done all my life and that's what I'll finish doing."
Waits compiled a 208-136 overall record and a 99-83 league mark during his tenure at Grove City. He guided the Greyhounds to five league championships and was named league Coach of the Year five times.
"We're really proud of what we accomplished in basketball with all the great kids, great coaches that we've had come through here the last 15 years," Waits said. "We have a great group of kids. We just had a great summer. We just finished summer and they'll be champing at the bit, ready to get rolling with the new coach. I'll be their No. 1 fan."
Waits also has been a career-based intervention specialist and a physical education teacher at the school, and he previously served as an assistant football coach.
A member of Grove City's first athletics hall of fame class in 2015, Waits played baseball, basketball and football for the Greyhounds and was named first-team all-state in baseball as a senior. He went on to play baseball at Valdosta State University in Georgia.
"I am excited for the opportunity to work with Greg," said Kris Sander, who completed her first year as athletics director. "The passion he has for Grove City is unsurpassed. Greg's meticulous care for the basketball facility, as well as management and leadership of boys basketball reflect what I believe will transfer to all athletic programs and initiatives. He wants nothing but the best for Grove City athletes and I believe we will see that in all he does."
The Greyhounds' most recent league championship came in the 2012-13 season when they shared the OCC-Ohio Division title with Newark, Pickerington Central and Reynoldsburg. All four teams went 10-4 in league play.
Brandon Bapst, who was a senior on that team, said Waits will be greatly missed.
"He liked to be behind the scenes, but obviously he was always there for us," said Bapst, who was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district as a senior. "He wanted to let the results show. Anybody that knows coach knows that he was driven to represent our hometown the best he could. He exemplified that with the way he ran Grove City basketball and what he's developed it into."
Last season, Grove City finished 11-12 overall and 3-7 in the OCC-Ohio.
The Greyhounds were led by point guard P.J. Jones, who averaged a team-best 17.6 points and 6.2 rebounds and was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district. Jones graduated this spring.
"He's everything to me," Jones, a four-year starter, said of Waits. "Since day one, he's been there for me, he's supported me. He's been a great all-around guy, not just a coach, and I couldn't be more thankful for everything he's done for me."