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Heer steps down as coach

Sandeep Heer plots strategy with players at the Cowichan Thunderbirds’ bench, something he did many times over the course of his 10-year tenure. - Andrew Leong/file
Sandeep Heer plots strategy with players at the Cowichan Thunderbirds’ bench, something he did many times over the course of his 10-year tenure.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Sandeep Heer won’t be finishing his 10th season as coach of the Thunderbirds’ senior boys’ basketball team at Cowichan Secondary School.

“I stepped down for personal reasons,’’ Heer told the News Leader Pictorial Tuesday.

“Sometimes you’re faced with a very hard decision and you have to leave something you really love to do.’’

Cowichan Secondary School principal Charlie Coleman said it took a couple of days to sort things out but Ronnie Doman has been named as interim head coach.

“I had a team meeting with players and parents to explain the situation and to thank them for their patience as we worked to sort this out,’’ Coleman indicated.

“The team is still practicing and playing, and we plan to finish the season.’’

The team missed a scheduled North Island League game at Port Alberni Tuesday. But Coleman noted attempts were being made to find a mutually-agreeable date with the Alberni coach for a make-up date.

“It has nothing to do with the players, nothing that happened on the court — nothing like that at all,’’ said Heer.

“Things come up. No one wants to make these kinds of choices.’’

He’s not looking at his departure from coaching as permanent.

“I do hope to be back in the future,’’ he said.

In the meantime, “I believe this is settled and the season will continue to the final tournaments,’’ noted Coleman.

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