Lebanon High School Athletic Director Chad Cruthis has joined the ranks of metro-east colleagues in the search for new coaches.
Greyhounds four-year boys basketball coach Doug Schieppe and five-year volleyball coach Carrie Brickey tendered their resignations to the District 9 School Board Wednesday.
“My kids are getting older, I’m getting older, and I just decided it was time to concentrate on teaching and other things,” Schieppe said.
Lebanon basketball is in Schieppe’s DNA. He was a standout player as a senior in 1991 while playing for his father, John Schieppe, who guided the Greyhounds to a .525 winning percentage over 14 seasons.
Doug Schieppe has a four-year record of 37-81 at Lebanon. The Greyhounds’ best season under him was 2015-16, when they went 14-15.
He also coached the girls basketball program for four seasons and, with his wife Lori, has administered the community’s Little Dunkers program to introduce younger players to the basketball.
“Being a local guy with his dad having coached here a number of years and having been a player, it was a neat and unique opportunity for him to get into coaching,” said Cruthis, who was Schieppe’s predecessor. “I think it’s been a way for him to give something back to the community. I don’t think he’s done with coaching. He’ll get that itch again.”
Brickey compiled a 58-83 record in five seasons with the volleyball Greyhounds. She had two winning seasons and won regional and sectional titles in 2013.
She is not an employee of District 9, however, and is being pulled by the demands of family and her job as an event planner, Cruthis said.
“Carrie had some really nice seasons,” Cruthis said. “Her biggest reason for stepping away is that she’s in a job where she can’t guarantee she can get here when she needs to be. She’s arrived at the realization that she has unknowns with work and personal life.
I think it's been a way for him to give something back to the community. I don't think he's done with coaching. He'll get that itch again.
Chad Cruthis, Lebanon High School AD, on resigning coach Doug Schieppe
“In a community like ours, where we prioritize family, you can’t fault somebody for making that choice.”
The district has posted both jobs and is accepting applications.
Schieppe and Brickey are part of a rash of coaching turnover in the metro-east this spring.
Among others who have tendered resignations are Belleville East boys basketball coach Abel Schrader, Mascoutah boys basketball coach Scott Oltmann, Granite City boys basketball coach Rafi Karibian, Gibault soccer coach Matt Reeb, Mater Dei softball coach Ron Schadegg, O’Fallon girls basketball coach Ryan Massey, Belleville West girls basketball coach Seth Garrett and Althoff golf coach Wayne Ockovic.
East St. Louis head basketball coach Phillip Gilbert was fired and replaced by Stetson Hairston, a Belleville East graduate.