Panther Creek announced today in an email to the media that boys basketball coach L.J. Hepp, who has served as head coach for varsity mens basketball for five of Panther Creeks eight years, is stepping down to focus on being athletics director.
Hepp guided this years Catamounts team to a 22-6 record and a trip to the 4A East regional.
Hepp is 86-48 in his five years as Catamounts coach, which started when the school opened from 2006-09 and picked up again in 2013.
From the news release, Panther Creek principal Rodney Nelson said, Coach Hepps commitment to Panther Creek and his teams has been unwavering. The success of mens basketball at Panther Creek is directly related to Coach Hepps passion for the sport and his love of teaching and developing student-athletes. After much thought, Coach Hepp has decided to focus fully on his duties as AD. First and foremost, L.J. is a devoted husband and father, and I hope he will be able to find more time for his wife and two young kids.
Hepps statement read, Panther Creek has a special place in my heart. Starting the mens basketball program is a highlight of my career. The thing Ill miss the most is the coach-player relationships that develop from coaching a team. Being AD certainly offers many opportunities for meaningful relationships with student-athletes, coaches, parents, and the supportive PC community. Coaching is in my blood and Ill miss it, but Im really looking forward to spending more time with my wife Sondra as we raise our daughter Colby and our son Jacob.