Brian Fleming made a decision recently that just might be hard to understand for those who it affected the most.
The now former Mountain Pointe boys basketball coach stepped down after 17 years total to spend more time with his family, which includes three daughters approaching their teens.
The players are part of a family, of course, but they don’t understand what it means to be a parent and how every thought or decision is predicated on what it means to your children.
“They were upset and disappointed I think, especially the ones coming back,” Fleming said. “I hope over time they come to understand the reasons behind it.”
For Fleming, and just about any parent, the time makes sense although it leaves him five victories short of 300 for his career.
But his oldest daughter will be a freshman next year and his twin daughters will be in middle school. They will be entering an important – and busy - part of their lives and he wants to be part of it.
He leaves the program in a great condition compared to where it was six years ago before he took over the Pride program, but the players, I am guessing, don’t care about the past and wondering what is next.
Very few like change, but the Pride administration have shown a history of finding the right fit. The players will be taken of with the next coach.
The district pays well and Principal Bruce Kipper wants to win but he also lets coaches run their program. What’s not to like from a coach’s perspective?
The timing was right for Fleming.
As much as he preached the culture of family for the program, his true family has to come first as some point.
And that time is now.
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