The Snider girls basketball team is coming off an 8-15 season but Greg Friend, who confirmed to The Journal Gazette on Thursday night that he’s stepping down as coach, believes whomever replaces him will be in position for increased success.
“The season was fine. We were a young team,” Friend said. “As I’d said going into the season, we’d lost a lot of players, a lot of seniors, and it was going to be a young team and we were growing. Whoever takes over will be fine there. There’s a nice young team to develop and it will have success.”
Friend was 22-22 in two seasons with the Panthers, who finished this season with nine straight losses included a 68-35 sectional loss to Carroll, which had defeated Snider in the second round in 2017.
As to why Friend was stepping aside, he said it was just the right time and he has no plans to seek another coaching job.
“I just thought it was the right time to do it with the time in my life being what it is,” he said. “I’m not going to look for anything right now. I’m 61 years old. It’s time.”
Friend said his resignation has nothing to do with the one-game suspension he received last season from Fort Wayne Community Schools, after he’d been accused by a player of battery during a timeout.
Friend coached Bishop Luers from 2006 to 2009, going 38-30 and winning two sectional championships. He’s also coached at North Side and been an assistant coach at Indiana Tech.