Shrader resigns as Norwin girls basketball coach

| Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Longtime Norwin girls basketball coach Bob Shrader has resigned.

School directors unanimously accepted his resignation, effective at the close of the workday on Feb. 23, at Monday night's meeting.

Board vice president Thomas Sturm said Shrader submitted a letter of resignation shortly after this season, but did not know why he was leaving.

Sturm noted it must be for personal reasons, and said no one was coming to the board seeking Shrader's termination.

“I just had enough,” Shrader said. “The kids, they just don't respond like the last group did, too many interfering parents. (This year's) team just had no focus, and I tried every trick in the book to get them to play together as a team. I just had enough of the politics of the whole parent thing. There's just a couple of them. They think they know more about basketball than somebody that coached for 34 years. That's just the way it goes ... I'm not that frustrated by it. It's over.”

Shrader's squad was Section 1-AAAA champs last year with a 17-6 record, but lost to Fox Chapel in the first round of the playoffs.

The loss marked the fourth time in the past six years that Norwin won at least 17 regular season games but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

The coach said resigning after that season may have been a good move, but saw something at the time with next year's team.

“I had the four seniors last year. Some of them started for four years, all of them for at least three, and it was going to be a big transition to this new group,” he said. “I thought that would have been an appropriate time to leave with that group, and I got caught up in the whole idea of the potential of the group. I didn't just intend to coach this year originally, but it just didn't click the same. Too many people pulling too many different directions, and you can't be a good basketball team doing that.

“I don't think we had a bad year. I think we did at least as well as predicted. I think all the other coaches pretty much predicted us to be fourth and we tied for third. It still was pretty disappointing, and (we) could have done much better. Most of the section games we lost were close. We could have won most of them, and I think had we played a little more together as a team and had a little more leadership within the team instead of so many different directions that they were pulled that we definitely could have won most of them.”

Norwin went 10-12 in the 2010-11 season, but lost in the preliminary round to Pine-Richland.

Shrader, a retired Norwin guidance counselor and teacher, also coached in the district 1978-79, 1986-87 before coaching for six years at Seton Hill University.

Since Shrader's return to the bench seven years ago, Norwin has had a 127-38 regular season record, but has won only a pair of playoff games.

Shrader said he will not be involved in the process to find a replacement coach, and will remain as the boy's high school golf coach.

“I don't think so,” he said. “I have no idea why I would want to coach anywhere else. I've been a Norwin guy all my life. There would have to be an awful lot of things lining up (to coach somewhere else). I'm not sure if you ever get it out your blood. This will be the first winter since 1974 that I haven't coached basketball. I'm sure I'll miss the competitiveness. I like to compete ... I'm not going out looking for a job, let's put it that way.”

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