Saying “this is a good time to take a break from coaching,” Upper Arlington girls basketball coach Chris Savage resigned Aug. 31 after 13 successful seasons.
“It’s a good time to go,” Savage said, citing what he called “stressful situations” within the program on which he did not elaborate. “It was a good run. I am happy with what we accomplished. I’ve been very lucky to have talented girls who have been better people, a great (coaching) staff and great parents. I think the program is in a good place.”
Savage went 218-96 with the Golden Bears, winning Division I district championships in 2014 and 2016.
The most successful portion of Savage’s tenure came from 2013-19, during which time his teams won two district titles — the program’s first since 1989 — and went 117-36, led largely by Division I recruits Kortney Eisenman (Georgia), Andi Norman (Dartmouth) and Macy Spielman (Bowling Green).
UA also was a district runner-up in 2013, 2018 and 2019 but went 10-13 overall and 5-5 in the OCC-Central Division last year, losing to Dublin Scioto 43-25 in the first round of the district tournament.
Savage had a strong run at his alma mater, DeSales, from 2004-07 before coming to UA. His Stallions teams were 55-17 overall and 23-1 in the CCL.
The Bears were 10-13 in Savage’s first season but improved to 20-2 by his third year and won at least 14 games in each of the next nine seasons.
“I’m not done coaching,” Savage said. “I’ll definitely be a coach again.”