With a heavy heart, Colonel Crawford girls basketball coach Amber Rall informed players of her decision to resign Thursday.
“I just encouraged them to keep giving 110 percent and never give up, and if they need anything I’m just a phone call away,” Rall said.
In just three years, Rall has left her mark with the Eagles. She finished with an overall record of 51-20, 30-10 in the North Central Conference. Rall led Colonel Crawford to three sectional championships, back-to-back district runner-up seasons, and back-to-back NCC Silver Division titles.
“I think Amber did a great job at the varsity level her three years at Colonel Crawford with her first head coaching job,” Eagles athletic director David Sheldon said. “The neat thing for me is I thought she grew every year as a coach and had great runs.
“Winning the league twice, being district runner-up twice, she had so much success with a great group of girls to be able to coach in her three years here.”
A native of Crawford County, Rall is a First Team All-Ohioan and Wynford graduate, leading the Royals to the state Final Four during the 2002-03 season. Rall won a state championship in the long jump and still holds the state record in the Division III 100-meter hurdles in 14.25 seconds. Rall was also an All-American basketball player at Ashland University.
While it was hard for her to say goodbye to coaching, the decision was in her best interest. Rall is recently engaged and will be moving out of the area, making it difficult for her to dedicate the amount of time to the program she knows is required to be successful.
“I think the biggest thing I’m going to miss is the relationship with the girls,” Rall said. “I really enjoyed coaching, and the community was really supportive too. The administration that they have is very welcoming, and whenever I needed something they were there. I’ll miss those relationships.”
Sheldon said the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
“We are going to get rolling,” Sheldon said. “Mr. (Jake) Bruner, Mr. (Keith Martin) and I will get it rolling right away. June is an important month, especially with a lot of young kids coming back. Hopefully we get a coach in as soon as possible.”