Girls and boys Baldwin basketball teams lose their head coaches


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The team will be more experienced next year, with every player returning for the Highlanders.

Brenna Green and Eli Achtzehn

The basketball programs at the high school will soon be facing large overhauls as both the boys and girls varsity teams have lost their head coaches.

The boys team’s coach, Joe Urmann, and the girls team’s coach, Nicole Feathers, both decided to step down from their positions due to personal and family reasons.

Feathers was a part of the girls basketball program for a total of four years. She started in the 2014 season as the JV coach, and then progressed to being the varsity head coach for the three seasons following.

Junior Megan McCormick said Feathers’ resignation was not expected by the players and that the team is going to miss her greatly.

“I don’t think anyone expected her to step down because of her passion and commitment to the sport. The team will not be the same without her,” McCormick said.

Urmann has been coaching the boys varsity team since 2011. He earned many accomplishments during his years at Baldwin, including reaching the playoffs in the 2015 and 2016 seasons and winning the WPIAL 6A section 2 Coach of the Year award last year.

Similar to the reactions to Feathers’ leave, the boys players were surprised to hear about Urmann’s sudden exit.

“It’s sad to see such a great guy leave the program,” varsity starter Christian Barr said.