Kyle McCaughn was pleasantly surprised Friday evening as the texts and emails rolled in.
Former Crystal Lake South girls basketball players heard their former coach had resigned and wanted to let him know how they felt.
“The relationships I’ve had is what I’ll remember most,” said McCaughn, who is stepping down after 13 years. “I received a lot of very heartfelt emails and texts from ex-players thankful for the times we had and the things we did together.”
McCaughn was 198-178 in his 13 years, with five 20-win seasons and three Fox Valley Conference or FVC Valley Division titles. McCaughn said those relationships meant more than the wins did.
By resigning, McCaughn will have more time to spend with his children – Caleb (11) and Morgan (8) – and coach their athletic teams.
“There are a lot of things [with the decision],” McCaughn said. “I don’t really feel I have the time and energy to keep the program where it belongs. By doing this, I also gain time with my family and an important time in their lives. I’ve had an opportunity to coach [my children’s] teams and I plan on doing that again.”
South athletic director Jason Bott felt McCaughn did an exemplary job.
“He has been a tremendous leader through character-building and making sure that his athletes enjoyed the experience through participation in the program,” Bott said. “The program has been successful due to Kyle’s relentless dedication to each and every girl that was involved in his program. South is losing a valuable coach, mentor and leader.”
McCaughn did not rule out coaching again, but said it would not be as a head varsity coach.
“Head coach is a 12-month-a-year job,” McCaughn said. “I don’t have what it takes to be a head coach. I need a break.”