Francis Scott Key boys basketball coach Jeff Cook, The Sun's 1998 Carroll County Coach of the Year, has stepped down to spend more time with his family.
Cook, who made his decision to resign public after the Eagles lost to top-seeded Fort Hill, 83-73, in a Class 2A West quarterfinal game in Union Bridge Tuesday night, said he didn't want to miss watching his six children -- ranging in age from 2 to 11 years -- grow up.
"I just missed a lot of their games and practices, and my wife has had to do it all by herself for four months," Cook said. "I didn't want to grow old and look back and say, `I wish I could've spent more time with the kids.' "
Cook said no successor has been named to replace him, but that whoever would be Francis Scott Key's next coach would inherit a team featuring junior forward Kody Jenkins, sophomore guard Chuck Black and freshman center Chris Bassler.