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Fox Chapel girls basketball coach Meabon steps down after 5 seasons

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Fox Chapel head coach Meghan Meabon gathers her team for a timeout during the WPIAL Class AAAA girls semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Penn Hills High School.

Fox Chapel girls basketball coach Meghan Meabon was faced with a tough decision recently.

After much thought, she decided to step down after a successful five-year stint at Fox Chapel.

“It was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make,” she said. “All summer long, my husband and I went back and forth on what we should do. I decided that it was time to spend more time with my family.”

The Meabon family increased by one in early July when she gave birth to their third child. The Meabons also have a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old.

“We're at that time now where we're getting the kids involved in baseball and dance,” she said. “Devoting myself to basketball six days a week, evenings and weekends, would take away too much time from my family. It's time that I'd never get back. It's hard to step away, but the time is right. I may be back coaching down the road, but I'll be focusing on my family now.

“The Foxes will always be my second family.”

Her decision wasn't a hasty one.

“I began thinking about it at the end of the season, and I had discussions with (athletic director) Mike O'Brien,” Meabon said. “They were positive discussions, and both he and the administration fully supported me as they have for the last five years. They were very understanding of my situation.”

Meabon did an outstanding job, O'Brien said.

“She not only understands the game exceptionally well, but she was also a mentor and fine role model to the girls on her team,” O'Brien said. “She will be missed.”

Meabon always will relish her time on the bench at Fox Chapel. Her teams were 71-48 and made four trips to the WPIAL playoffs and two to the PIAA tournament. Last season's team went 20-6 before losing in the WPIAL semifinals and PIAA second round.

“We accomplished a lot,” she said. “We won back-to-back section titles and made it to the PIAAs. It's not the games that will stick out, though. It's the great groups of players that made up our team every year. Each team was different, but I will remember each of them as a group of players who never gave up and had a great work ethic.

“A few years ago, we had so many injuries that we had a different lineup for just about every game. We ended up at 3-19, but those girls gave everything they had at every game and every practice. That's the stuff I'll remember.”

A unique experience for Meabon was dealing with Division I coaches in recruiting.

“Erin Mathias was their focus,” Meabon said of the Duke recruit. “I had never coached a player of her caliber, and it was exciting getting to meet the big-time coaches who were recruiting her.”

She will miss the coaching, but she intends to be one of the Foxes' biggest fans.

“I'll still be rooting from the stands,” she said. “I wish them all the success in the world.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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