ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's tough to imagine Deerfield-Windsor basketball sans Gordy Gruhl, but after 35 years he's retiring from basketball coaching.
He served as Athletics Director and boy's basketball coach this academic year and is stepping down from both posts effective immediately.
Gruhl's coaching days started at Worth Academy in 1975. Deerfield-Windsor announced his retirement in a press release Thursday afternoon.
"I always tried to inspire the kids to be great and not settle for being mediocre," Gruhl said in the release.
Gruhl had a career record of (1118-351) with the Knights basketball programs.
"His service to our school has created success for our athletic programs and we celebrate his contributions to our institution," said Head of School Geoffrey Sudderth in the press release.
He's headed the boy's program since 1983, and simultaneously coached in two separate stints for the girls from 1985-1996 and again from 2000-2002.
The 2009 Albany Sports Hall of Fame inductee won five boy's GISA State championships and two with the girls.
No plans have been made yet to find Grulh's replacement.