Howards Grove boys basketball coach Mark Christenson resigned his position Monday, after compiling a 50-24 record in three seasons with the Tigers.
Christenson led Howards to a 16-8 mark this past season, as well as a 20-6 record in 2011-12 and a trip to the sectional finals where the Tigers eventually fell to state-champion Whitefish Bay Dominican. It was Howards’ first trip to the sectional final since 1992-93.
“I felt that it was time,” Christenson said. “I truly enjoyed it, it was a great run, not just talking about the wins and losses. I was really nice working with a lot of good players, a lot of good kids.”
Christenson finishes his career with a 474-265 record, which began in 1970 and included stops at schools such as Manitowoc Lincoln, Waukesha South, Oshkosh North and Cedarburg.
He led Manitowoc to State twice in 1998 and 1999, and took Oshkosh North to Madison in 1983.
“I am looking forward to spending more time with family, many miles of biking, many rounds of golf and maybe some warm weather in the winter,” Christenson said in a statement to the media.
At Howards, Christenson’s teams never finished lower than fourth in the Central Lakeshore Conference, taking third the past two years.
“I thought we held our own with (wins and losses),” Christenson said. “I enjoyed coaching in the CLC, it’s a great bunch of coaches. It was a challenge, the preparation (for opponents).”
Christenson was also proud of his players’ successes off the court, as the Tigers are a finalist for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Team All-Academic Award this year.
“We talked about not measuring success in terms of wins and losses,” he said. “I had a great group of kids to work with, I’m proud of what they did on the court and off the court.”
Christenson was also grateful of the support he received during his time at Howards.
“To any and all who supported our program, thanks, I appreciated it. I wish all of the past, current and future players good luck.”