ADAIR VILLAGE — Santiam Christian High School girls basketball coach Melissa McLain has stepped down, athletic director Anthony Baugher said in a press release.
McLain had been the head coach for the Eagles since the 2003-04 season.
She led the Eagles to a 178-69 record in nine seasons, the most wins of any coach in the program’s history.
McLain said her young children — she has daughters ages 3 and 1 — were the key factor in the decision.
“The last three years I’ve coached with babies. They come with me to practice every day and it gets harder and harder to get them to the gym,” McLain said. “When basketball season is going on there’s really no time for any outside activities.
“Having said that, I have loved every one of my nine years at Santiam (Christian). It kills me leaving those kids.”
The Eagles were 23-6 this past season, including winning the PacWest Conference regular-season title. McLain was named the conference’s coach of the year.
The Eagles reached the 3A state title game in 2009, falling to Burns.
“This will be an extremely difficult task of replacing Mac,” Baugher said. “She approached the job as a ministry and put in so much time to build the program to the level it is today.
“Over the last nine years, Mac has been an asset to our students, athletes, school and community at Santiam Christian. Her work ethic to promote student success and athletic opportunities has been tremendous, never losing sight of our school’s mission to glorify God in our words and actions. Mac will truly be missed.”