Being head coach of a high school basketball team takes a lot of time, effort and energy.
After 11 seasons directing Mount Baker’s girls’ basketball team, coach Brenda Ellis decided the commitment was too much and resigned from her head coaching post. She told The Bellingham Herald of her decision in a phone interview on Tuesday, March 31.
“It’s a huge time commitment,” Ellis said. “My husband has been retired for a couple years. As far as summers go, it’s a lot of time. ... I also have a niece that’s getting into basketball and I wanted to spend time with her.”
Ellis said she also didn’t want to leave the team in a bad spot and she felt there were many solid returners and a strong group remaining.
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During her 11 years with Baker, Ellis compiled a 137-120 (.533) record, leading the Mountaineers to one state tournament — a fourth-place finish in 2004-05, her first season with Baker. In her final season, the Mountaineers finished with a 14-12 record, coming within a game of a state tournament appearance.
The wins and losses aren’t going to be what Ellis misses though.
“It’s a small community, a really neat place,” Ellis said. “I really enjoyed the staff. At Baker, they’re really close and supportive of each other.”
Ellis doesn’t have any plans to be a head coach in the near future, but knows she wants to continue to work with kids.
“I will definitely be helping out somewhere, as more of a volunteer or assistant,” Ellis said. “It’s just time for a change.”