Posted: 9:14 am Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Girls hoops: King’s Academy coach Richie Leber steps down 

By Matt Porter

After eight years as King’s Academy’s girls basketball coach, Richie Leber resigned last week.

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“I have three boys under the age of 5 and I felt the need to be more present in their lives,” said Leber, 34. “I have appreciated the opportunity to invest in the lives of numerous players over the last eight years and feel blessed by the success we have had in that time.”

In his final season at King’s, Leber led the Lions to a 17-12 record, a win over rival Benjamin for the District 12-3A title and an appearance in the regional semifinals.

The district championship was the Lions’ season highlight. As a third seed, they took down top-seeded Benjamin, which had beat them twice during the regular season — once by 24 points. It was the Lions’ first district title since their back-to-back crowns in 2008 and ’09.

Leber, a King’s alum, leaves with a 137-85 overall record. He said he will coach again “when the right opportunity presents itself.”

“Richie basically revitalized girls basketball at King’s,” King’s Athletic Director Adam Winters said. “He’s been a great proponent for them and always maximized the potential of his athletes.”