Girls Basketball: Chris Savage steps down as Upper Arlington coach

DAVE PURPURA
dpurpura@thisweeknews.com
Upper Arlington girls basketball coach Chris Savage resigned Aug. 31 after 13 seasons, athletics director Tony Pusateri announced.

Upper Arlington girls basketball coach Chris Savage resigned Aug. 31 after 13 seasons, athletics director Tony Pusateri announced.

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.

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