GREENFORD - Following the conclusion of the South Range's boys basketball season, head coach Dave Purins faced a difficult question: how can he continue to satisfy his love of coaching, but still be able to spend time with his family?
The answer he came to resulted in his resignation as basketball coach. Purins will still serve as the Raiders' head track coach, though.
"Those are two things that I had to look at," Purins said. "Track is a sport compared to basketball that is not as time demanding and it still allows me to have the reward of coaching kids and helping kids grow, and that's something that I love."
Purins, 34, concludes a seven-year run that includes an 80-72 record at the helm of the Raiders.
"I love South Range, South Range kids are great and the administration is great and very supportive," Purins said. "It was difficult for me to decide to resign because I enjoy everyone there. It really just comes down to my family, I have a 3-year-old little boy at home and another little boy coming in July."
Purins feared walking the fine line that coaches do with their respective sport and their families. In the end, it was a decision that came easy for him.
"You only have one window of opportunity with your kids and I don't want to miss that with my kids," Purins said. "I think that nights away from home, film time away from home, game nights away from home, if I continued to do that then my kids will be missing out on some time with their dad. I'm not willing to sacrifice that."
The coach came to this conclusion after thinking about it during the season. His final decision was made just after the season concluded, and was considered in fairness to both groups involved.
"When I think about my family, I want to make sure that I invest enough time in them, and as a coach I have to be fair to those kids and fair to my family," Purins said. "You just can't spread yourself too thin and be successful in both of those things."
Purins also feels that his decision comes at the right time, not just for his family, but for the Raider basketball program also.
With a group that included nine sophomores this year and a talented freshman group, it allows them to spend as much time as possible with their new coach.
"It is a good time for a new coach to come in and put their system in and have a couple years in a row with the same kids," Purins said. "Our freshmen were the regular season league champions and came in second in the freshman tournament at Mineral Ridge, our 8th grade has some athletes and our 7th grade went undefeated this year. I really think that the program is in a good place."
He also wants to be able to make the transition as seamless as possible for whoever it is that succeeds him.
"The program has gone a long way in the last seven years," Purins said. "I talked with the team and told them that I'm here to help them and keep things going in the right direction."
Purins currently teaches health and physical education at South Range High School, and didn't rule out a return to the bench.
"I've had a lot of good mentors, other coaches and guys that I've talked to heard people regret not being at home but I've never heard people regret being with their family too much," Purins said. "I've been able to make some good friends in the coaching profession and I've had some great assistant coaches, and if I think that if I wanted to return someday when my kids were a little older I might have that opportunity."
Now that his decision is final, Purins looks back with no regrets and is thankful of the opportunity to hold his position for as long as he did.
"I respect South Range and the administration, they have been great about everything," Purins said. "Once I made the decision, I had peace about it. It makes me feel like I did the right thing."