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Steve Wool, head girls basketball coach at Evanston Township High School from 2001-2011 resigned April 15, effective immediately. Coach Wool will move to the boys’ side as varsity assistant to head coach Mike Ellis, who begins his second season at Evanston in the fall.
“The timing was right for me to step down,” said Coach Wool. “After 10 years as a head coach, I wanted to spend more time with my kids. My son will be entering the high school as a freshman, and I want to be there for him.”
Coach Wool began his coaching career as an assistant coach in the boys’ program in the mid-1990’s, coaching freshmen boys and assisting at the varsity level. He was tapped for the head girls’ job in 2001 and has posted an overall record of 197 wins and 110 losses, with an average of 20 wins per season. Winning five Regional titles, Coach Wool had two teams ranked in the top 20 in an AP statewide poll. His 2005-2006 team went 24-6, with the 4th most wins in school history. Six of his players went on to play at Division I schools, and many others to Division II and Division III.
Coach Wool, a basketball standout himself at both ETHS and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, has always been committed to the Evanston community. His teams made community service a priority, regularly volunteering at Evanston’s homeless shelter and soup kitchens, participating in the Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate and working in the big sister program for students with special needs.
“We thank Coach Wool for his 10 years of dedication to our girls’ program,” said athletic director Chris Livatino. “But we’re glad he’ll be back assisting our boys.”
Applications for the head girls’ position are due May 8 to ETHS Human Resources. For more information about the position, go to the website at www.k12.il.us.