Just nine wins away from 400, Hammond boys basketball coach Larry Moore wrestled with the idea of hanging on for one more season.
But in the end Moore knew he did not have the energy to coach hoops and be the Wildcats' athletic director. So Moore resigned as basketball coach at his alma mater on Friday.
He will stay on and run the athletic department.
Moore also confirmed that football coach Dedrick Dewalt was asked to resign after a 3-8 season, his first at Hammond.
"It's getting too tough to do both jobs," Moore said. "I feel like I can't give 100 percent like I used to. But to have the opportunity to coach at Hammond High has always been my dream."
Moore was an Indiana All-Star coming out of Hammond in 1974. His record in 22 years as a head coach was 391-224. Moore was 108-91 in 10 years at Hammond.
The Wildcats were 10-10 this past season and won the Great Lakes Athletic Conference championship.
While coaching in Illinois, Moore took St. Francis de Sales to two state finals before returning to Indiana.
He said the biggest thrill he had was winning the 2005 sectional at the Civic Center.
"That brought back a lot of memories for me," Moore said. "It was a great feeling. I will miss talking to the coaches before a game and working with my sons every day. But I will miss working with the kids.
"But it was something that I had to do."