In 2013-14, Millersport kept things in the family by hiring Jennifer Grandy as the head girls basketball coach as her father, Kirk Grandy, continued to patrol the sideline for the boys team. However, neither Grandy will be in the gym for the Lakers this coming season.
Kirk Grandy is stepping aside after five years to focus more on his responsibility as treasurer for the Walnut Township and Berne Union local school district.
“We are in a financial crunch at the school,” Kirk Grandy said. “I thought that after discussion with (Millersport Superintendent) Randy Cotner and the board, we thought it was best for me to focus my extra time on the financial issues in the school. Our main goal has to be to get the levy passed and to keep our school district financially solvent.”
In five seasons with the Lakers, Kirk Grandy had one winning season, a 17-6 campaign in 2011-12 that concluded with a run to a district final.
While Kirk Grandy will be trading his playbook for a calculator in his free time in 2014-15, his daughter simply will be on another sideline.
After one season at Millersport, Jennifer Grandy will join the Lancaster staff as the girls freshman coach. The move coincides with her acceptance of a full-time teaching job at General Sherman Junior High School.
“It was a very difficult decision on my part,” she said. “I took a month of going back and forth as to whether it was a good decision or not. I felt that getting on year of varsity experience under my belt helped me get the job at Lancaster.”
The Lakers went 9-12 in 2013-14, a drastic improvement from their two-win season the year before. Jennifer Grandy said despite the timing of the decision, her choice to leave the school had nothing to do with her father stepping aside.
Despite the fact both coaches came to their decisions in recent weeks, neither program had their summer schedules disrupted. The Ohio High School Athletic Association permits a total of 10 instructional days in June and July, where coaches can have contact with their team. Both Grandys had their summer schedules set before the arrived at their decisions to step aside, and the reserve coaches have adhered to those plans.
Kirk Grandy said his desire to coach and love of the sport still are there for him. While the coach and his flashy game-day suits won’t have a sideline to roam in 2014-15, he hopes to return to the bench with his glitzy attire soon.
“Sometime, somewhere, maybe you’ll see them again,” he said.