Brian O’Mara has decided to step down as coach of the Grandview Heights girls basketball program after six seasons.

The Bobcats finished 63-73 under O’Mara, including 10-14 overall and 6-8 in the MSL-Ohio Division this winter.

Before leading the Bobcats, O’Mara was an assistant under the two previous coaches, Steve Hall and Michelle Chavanne.

“I had been around the program for a while and we had a good group coming back when Michelle stepped down, so I didn’t want them to have a whole new coach,” O’Mara said. “I was an assistant and I wanted them to have some continuity. Then every year after that I started to grow attached to the seniors and it kept going.

“I felt this was a good time to step away because we should have a really good group coming back and it should give the new person stepping in a good nucleus to work with. I’m not sure this is the end of my coaching, but I think it is time to step away for a while.”

That nucleus is expected to include a pair of three-year starters in junior guard Hannah Yochem and junior guard/forward Rachel Hartman. Freshmen Chai Dobbs-Euans (center) and Melana Pomerants (guard) also are expected to return.

“Brian did a great job for us,” athletics director Brad Bertani said. “He felt the time was right for him personally to step away. He leaves the program in very good shape and we’ll be starting the process of finding a new coach immediately.”

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