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March 18, 2014

CASH in search of boys hoops coach

LINESVILLE — The search is on for a new varsity boys basketball coach at Conneaut Area Senior High School after Bob Leupold left the position following the 2013-14 season.

Leupold coached the Eagles during each of its first two seasons, collecting a record of 23-20. He had eight seasons as a head coach overall, helming the Conneaut Valley varsity program from 2006-07 to 2011-12 and leading the Indians to one region championship, three District 10 playoff appearances and an overall record of 80-61.

“I have two young daughters, one in 9th grade and one in 6th grade and I need some time with them,” said Leupold about his reason for leaving. “They’re playing sports are doing all kinds of activities. It’s time to watch them and enjoy them a little bit. You never get that time back.”

He said it was a tough decision.

“I was kind of going over it, I talked to my wife about it,” he said. “I decided it was a good time to do it and let someone else take over.”

Conneaut is currently taking applications for Leupold’s replacement.

Whoever gets the job will have to guide the Eagles through a period of transition as the program moves up to the Class AAA Region 5 for the next two seasons.

“They’ll be down in Meadville’s region, Hickory, George Junior and all those teams,” said Leupold.

He does, however, leave a pretty strong group of underclassmen for the next head coach. The Eagles graduated only two seniors after last year’s 9-12 campaign, including just one starter.

“It’s a good group of younger kids,” he said “We had something like 18 kids and 12 of them were freshmen and sophomores. Most of the sophomores and a couple of the freshmen lettered. So there’s a good nucleus there, good talent coming up.”

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