ELKHART — There will be a new coach in place when Elkhart Central High School begins its final boys basketball season in November.
Head coach Barry Singrey has handed in his resignation after one year as the coach at Central to spend more time with his young and growing family.
"I have always enjoyed the grind and everything that comes with being a head coach,'' Singrey said on Monday. "But I'm at the point now that I just want to do some different things with my life and be there more for my family.''
Singrey and his wife, Hillary, have two young children, with a third due later this month.
Central athletic director Brian Buckley met with Singrey on Monday morning and made the official announcement later in the day.
Singrey, who came to Elkhart Central from Heritage High School last June, posted a 5-17 record in his lone season with the Blue Blazers. Central often started two freshman in the backcourt and lost a number of close games, including a tough loss to Warsaw at the Class 4A Elkhart Sectional in February.
According to Buckley, a recommendation for a new head coach has been sent to Elkhart Community Schools Superintendent Steve Thalheimer. There is an ECS board meeting on Tuesday, where a coach could be approved.
The new coach will be the sixth in nine years at Central, following Matt Windy, Troy Noble, Randy DeShone, Terry Smith and Singrey.
With Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial merging in 2020, the new coach will have a guaranteed job for just one season.
Singrey says he plans to stay at Elkhart as a teacher and has talked to Buckley about serving as an assistant in a couple of sports.
"Being the head boys basketball coach is such a big job and I really appreciate Mr. Buckley bringing me here and giving me the opportunity,'' Singrey said. "I really like Elkhart and Elkhart Central. But when I talked to Buck, I told him I just wasn't sure I couldn't give it my best this season with my family obligations.
"I still want to be involved with the Central kids as much as possible, but I don't believe I can be the head coach right now.''
A 2007 graduate of Wawasee High School, Singrey served as an assistant coach for the Warriors for six years, before becoming the head coach at Heritage for three seasons. Heritage was 34-32 under Singrey, including a 16-5 mark in his final season, when the Patriots led the state of Indiana in defense, allowing just 36.5 points-a-game.
"Every team you coach is a little different and with such a young team last season, it meant we had to be patient and learn along the way,'' Singrey said of the 2018-19 Blue Blazers. "I think we did a good job with that during the year and I look forward to seeing how the players continue to grow in the next few seasons.''
Just 31, Singrey isn't ruling out a return to being a head coach at some point in the future.
"I've talked to my family about it already, so who knows what the future holds,'' Singrey admitted. "I've already had head coaching experience, so if I wanted to get back into it in the next 10 years or so, I think I could. But for now, I want to be a husband and father.''