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Batavia Girls Basketball Coach Bill Wade has announced that he is retiring. He made the announcement at the Annual Girls Banquet at Bohn’s Restaurant last night.

“When I took the job at Batavia five years ago," he said this morning by phone, "I took it over with the challenge of building the program. I felt that we’ve been very successful in that because I’ve had Marty Hein and John McClellan to help me and the kids have been great. I just reached a point where it’s time to step aside. You have to do the offseason work and the offseason work takes a lot of time. I want to spend more time with my wife and actually head into a retirement.”

Wade had been the coach of the Blue Devils for the past five years and previously coached the girls teams at Byron-Bergen, Notre Dame, and SUNY Brockport. He has been to four state final-fours: 1984 with Byron-Bergen, and ‘98, ‘99, and 2002 with Notre Dame. Wade says he’s proud to have been a part of the development of girls basketball in the area.

“To see how the game has changed since the 1970s into the 2000s has been tremendous," he said. "When I first coached at Byron-Bergen, there was no three-point line and the girls played with a guy’s ball. What I’ve always loved about the girls game is that I find it a very pure game of basketball. I think girls basketball is how James Naismith planned it to be when he came up with the game years and years ago and that it to be played below the rim.”

Wade led Batavia this past year to the program’s first ever appearance in the Section Five finals this year. He plans on following the girls' basketball careers.

“I told the girls, I am no longer yelling at you, I will only be yelling for you because I will be in the crowd for several of their games – as many games as my wife and I can make," he said. "I’ve been a coach of this game for so long, I’m really looking forward to becoming a fan of the game.”

No successor has been named at this time.


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