Coach Emily Cote’ directs practice.

Coach Emily Cote’ directs practice.

GLADWIN – A new presence will be patrolling the sidelines of Gladwin Girls basketball next year. After 11 years as head coach, Emily Cote’ decided the time was right to turn the program over to someone else. The “shelf-life was over,” said Cote, “There was no one reason for resigning, it was a combination of things.” 

Cote’ spent 11 years building the program from the ground up and feels good about what she is leaving behind. Girls now have the opportunity to play organized basketball from a young age, which makes a big difference when they reach high school.

She realized at the end of the season that it was time to pass the program onto someone else and is looking forward to being a spectator and watching her daughter play. “I had sort of an epiphany during the Standish game,” she said. “I had taken the program as far as I could and it was time to move on.”

Cote’ hopes to stay involved in the program in some capacity. “I made the right decision for me at this point in my life. Running a varsity program takes a lot of work and the 15-hour days start to take a toll after awhile. I am the type of person that if I am going to do something I am going to do it right.”  

Her daughter, Delaney, also played a big role in her decision to resign. “It’s hard coaching your own kid,” she said. “I wanted her high school experience to be enjoyable for both of us and I’m not sure that it was for her at times.” She mentioned that, “there is a lot of pressure on a coach’s kid.” Now she is looking forward to being a spectator and watching Delaney play.

“This wasn’t a knee-jerk decision, I wanted to go out while it was still fun.”

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