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Hollar steps down as WL-Salem boys head basketball coach

After 15 years as head coach of the boys basketball program at West Liberty-Salem, Aaron Hollar made the difficult decision to step down Thursday night.

Hollar-WLS Aaron Hollar, left, West Liberty-Salem boys basketball coach, watches the action during a game. Coach Hollar announced Thursday that he is stepping down after 15 years as the Tigers' head coach. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO

Hollar began coaching in 1998 and won three league championships and two sectional titles with the Tigers.

"Each year it becomes more difficult to coach with my job and my family," said Hollar. "I wasn't going to be able to commit the time that I felt I needed to in order to do the job right.

"My family is my top priority. My children are getting older and more involved with things. That is a priority in my life that I won't sacrifice. I’ve also been the elementary principal for six years and it gets more demanding each year. It's a job I love and I never want to give that up. When you look at it all like that, the obvious thing I could give up was basketball."

Even though it was easy to prioritize, that didn't make Hollar's choice any less emotional.

"It was a very difficult decision," said Hollar. "This isn’t one of those things where I've felt some sort of relief. I'm not going kicking and screaming either, but coaching and working with the kids is certainly something that I love doing. I'm going to miss it a lot."

For more on Hollar's decision see Friday's Examiner.

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