Jeff Blunt has been a basketball coach at some level for 36 of his 51 years, and in a perfect world he would be taking some downtime now before looking ahead to his eighth season leading the New Albany High School girls team.
But as his full-time job as chief financial officer at Loeb Electric takes more of his time, Blunt said he found himself increasingly “burning the candle at both ends” the past few years.
As a result, Blunt resigned as Eagles coach Feb. 25. He had informed athletics director Richie Wildenhaus a few weeks ago but formally submitted his resignation and told the team that day.
“I’ve been very busy at work and our company is doing very well. It was tough to balance everything,” Blunt said. “I was tired this season. I don’t want to do anything where I’m not 100 percent in. It’s been hard the past few years. I love New Albany and I’ve been around this program a lot the past 15 years or so in travel ball, as eighth-grade coach, freshman boys coach and now head coach. … I just need to take a year off.”
Blunt was 89-76 overall and 52-34 in the OCC-Capital Division. His first Eagles team in 2012-13 posted the best record of his tenure at 15-9 overall and 10-4 in the league, but the 2015-16 team advanced to a Division I district final before losing to Upper Arlington.
This year’s team went 11-12 overall and 4-6 in the league, losing to Hilliard Davidson 59-52 in the first round of the district tournament Feb. 22.
“When I called an end-of-the-year meeting (Feb. 25), I think the girls knew,” Blunt said. “I like where the program is. We have good talent and I like our numbers.”