Monica Heuer is leaving college coaching the way she wants to leave – on her own terms.
Heuer, The Evergreen State College women’s basketball coach, announced her resignation Thursday afternoon effective at the end of the season, ending what will be a 13-year tenure as the Geoducks’ coach.
“It’s been fun and I go leaving it very proud and in good shape for whoever takes over,” she said.
Heuer will resign as head coach to focus her attention as an administrator; she’s been Evergreen’s assistant athletic director for the past five years.
As Heuer put it, coaching has made her, “a little tired.””
“I’ve been coaching 21 years,” said Heuer, who had previous coaching stints at Patten College (head coach), Cal State East Bay and NCAA Div. I programs San Jose State and University of San Francisco (assistant). “Coming out of college, it was something I always wanted to do. It’s been a passion of mine. And so in some ways, to relinquish that on my own terms is a blessing.
“I look forward to being an integral part of the athletic department.”
The Geoducks have four regular-season games remaining, including their final regular-season homestand Friday and Saturday against Warner Pacific and Concordia, respectively. And they control their own destiny as they march toward the playoffs. A top-four finish in conference play means they’ll host a first-round game of the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament Feb. 25.
Evergreen (11-10 overall, 7-7 CCC) currently sits in sixth place in the conference, and can clinch their third consecutive playoff berth -- and seventh overall under Heuer -- with a win Friday.
Heuer’s win-loss record at Evergreen to date is 108-255, and the 11 wins thus far in 2013-’14 makes it the fifth time in 13 seasons she’s led the Geoducks to double-digit victories.
Heuer is happy with how she’s built the program since her arrival in 2001, everything from expanding the recruiting radius to establishing high graduation rates.
“I leave very proud of where it is now,” Heuer said, adding that “it’s not an empty-cellar, either.”
“There’s a great group returning for next year,” she said.
Assistant coach Jennifer Schooler will be named the program’s interim coach this off-season until a permanent replacement is hired, Heuer said.