Girls basketball: Jeanette Gray resigns as Valparaiso coach
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent March 22, 2013 5:52PM
Valparaiso head coach Jeanette Gray coaches from the sideline during sectionals against Merrillville at Portage High School February 6th. Gray has resigned as girls basketball coach at Valparaiso High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 24, 2013 6:15AM
VALPARAISO — Valparaiso girls basketball coach Jeanette Gray resigned Friday, the school announced through a press release.
In her four years at the helm of the Vikings program, Gray amassed a 28-58 record. Her overall record stands at 59-90, which also includes stints at Clark and Highland — highlighted by a 17-4 season in 2007-08.
Born and raised in Valparaiso, Gray was a star player at Valparaiso High School, earning an Indiana All-Star spot during her career. She later excelled at Valparaiso University, earning a pair of All Mid-Con selections and entrance into the VU Hall of Fame. But Gray was unable to take the success she had as a player and translate it into her coaching career.
“She played here and had great success and she wanted that for all of her players,” Valparaiso athletic director Herb Hofer said. “As a coach, that’s hard on you as a person and it’s hard on your family.”
Valparaiso’s presence in the always-competitive Duneland Athletic Conference presented a tough challenge for Gray.
“It’s not easy; we’re in a tough conference,” Hofer explained. “There a lot of easier places to coach than here. Four of our first six games were against top 20 teams. That’s a tough start, and she’d done that for quite a few years.”
The press release referenced the “hard work, dedication and commitment Ms. Gray has provided during her tenure as head coach at VHS.”
Also according to the press release, Gray will continue to hold on to her role as a math teacher at the high school.
Phone calls to Gray seeking comment were not returned.