HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - After seven years and 159 games, Lance Creech is stepping down as the head coach of the Hastings High boys basketball team. In his final season with the Tigers, he guided them to a 21-4 record and a berth in the Boys State Tournament for the first time since 2004. The Tigers went on to lose to Omaha Roncalli in the first round.
The Tigers were led by Creech's youngest son Connor, who averaged 16.5 points a game. This was Connor's final year wearing the black and orange. A big reason why Creech stepped down was to watch Connor play for Western Nebraska CC.
"I just wanted to be a dad. I just wanted to follow my kid around. Watch him play as much as I possibly can," Creech said. "Just step back and take a break a little bit and recharge my batteries."
During his time at Hastings, Creech coached his two sons, Christian and Connor.
"Anytime you can spend that much time and invest those same kind of passions, emotions and energy into something that you all love, it's never a bad day," Creech said. "Was it difficult at times? Sure. That's part of it and that goes with coaching your kids."
Coach Creech said he knew this was his last year ever since Connor committed to Western Nebraska CC.
"There was a lot of times when I sat back during a game even and looked at all the people that were there. We had such tremendous support the past couple of years," Creech said.
Not only do the Tigers lose Creech but six seniors from this year's roster. Regardless, he believes the team is trending upwards.
"We got some pretty good momentum. We got some good kids coming back," Creech said. "I think the future is still pretty bright at Hastings High School, for all of our athletics. That does make it difficult but when it's time, it's time."
Creech has dedicated his life to basketball. Now after 25 years of holding the reins, he is happy to pass them off.