ROSELAND — Silver Lake girls basketball coach Keith Crowe recently found out that his daughter, Danielle, already of a mother of two, is going to have two more children soon.
With all that’s required of a basketball coach — the offseason camps and weight training, the practices, the film study, the scouting — finding out he’s going to have more grandchildren was enough for Crowe to finally decide that he can’t commit to being both a grandpa and a coach.
Crowe, who has been of service in both the Roseland and Bladen communities, is stepping down after almost 30 years of coaching.
“I think (having more grandchildren) was part of it. I’ve been contemplating (retiring) the past few years and I knew I was getting closer to being done,” Crowe said. “I knew it was going to be a tough decision for me because I love coaching. I knew there was going to be a time and the right time is now.
“I’m not getting any younger.”
Crowe has led the girls’ basketball program at Silver Lake for 22 seasons, compiling an overall record of 260-192. Under him, the Mustangs have reached the state tournament four times.