Ephrata’s Garman steps down as girls’ basketball coach

By on February 25, 2016
Ephrata girls basketball coach Mike Garman has decided to step down after 15 seasons at the helm.

Ephrata girls basketball coach Mike Garman has decided to step down after 15 seasons at the helm.

Mike Garman has decided to go out on top.The long-time Ephrata girls basketball coach, who recently won his third Section Two title with the Lady Mounts, confirmed Thursday night that he has decided to resign.
He informed the school of his decision Wednesday and told his team Thursday afternoon in a meeting after school.
Garman spent 15 total seasons at the helm in two separate stints (‘96-’01 & ‘08-’16), going a combined 176-174 during that span. His teams won Section Two titles in 2009 and 2013 before winning the section this past season with a 13-11 overall mark. He was named L-L League Coach of the Year in the 2000 season.
Reached Thursday night at his home, Garman said he had been mulling the idea of stepping down throughout much of the season and even after the season. Finally, he said he reached his decision Wednesday morning.
“After our last game, the Cedar Cliff game, from that point on it was just something that I was tossing back and forth and just trying to figure out what I wanted to do,” he said. “Wednesday I got up and said, ‘you know what, I think it’s time.’”
Garman said there weren’t any specifics reasons for stepping down, other than the fact that he’d like to spend more time with his family.
“I knew that at some point in time I’d stop coaching,” he said. “I wasn’t going to coach until I was 90 years old. I was going to resign, and there are things when you are coaching that are hard to do. You don’t have the flexibility or freedom. Now, with my family, my two sons and my grandchildren, I just thought maybe it was time that I give them some time as well.”
He had nothing but praise for the players he coached, and said he’ll take with him a lot of fond memories.
“Coaching at Ephrata was just a great experience,” he said. “It was such a good, positive experience. The kids were just amazing, and they bought into everything we were trying to do. To win three section titles…we weren’t a great program. We weren’t winning State titles and District titles, but we were pretty competitive. We were well-thought of and certainly respected in this league.”

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