Steven Loscher has resigned as the Peekskill girls basketball coach after one season, he confirmed to The Journal News Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Red Devils reached the Class A section final in his only season.
Loscher, who suffered a nasty knee injury soon after the season, cited his health as the reason for his resignation. The now-former coach said he expects to be at full strength in three-to-four weeks and wants to focus on his rehabilitation.
Peekskill is expected to return core players Lanay Rodney and Lisana Burnett, both rising seniors, and rising junior Nyrie Holliman in entering the 2015-16 season as favorites to win the section title. The Lady Red Devils have been to four of the last five finals, winning three gold balls and a state title in 2011.
“I knew we would’ve won the gold ball next year,” said Loscher, who said he is open to coaching modified basketball on the boys’ or girls’ side when his knee heals.
Loscher’s departure leaves Peekskill with its second girls basketball coaching vacancy in as many years after Rodney Headley Jr. resigned after last season following allegations that he engaged in a sex act with a student at the school.
Loscher was named Headley’s successor on June 17, 2014. The Peekskill City School District currently has the coaching job, which comes with a $6,036-stipend, posted on its website with a July 8 application deadline.